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Chemical Industry Innovation News Round-up, Oct. 21

2:32 PM MDT | October 21, 2011 | By ALEX SCOTT



The key technology/innovation news this week is the European Commission's publication of a definition of a nanomaterial as "a natural, incidental or manufactured material containing particles, in an unbound state or as an aggregate or as an agglomerate and where, for 50% or more of the particles in the number size distribution, one or more external dimensions is in the size range 1 nm – 100 nm." As one of the first major trading blocks to set down a legal definition the likelihood is that this definition will be broadly adopted by other countries. Industry has raised its concerns about the definition.

The cream of Europe's biomaterials manufacturers along with regulators and academics met this week in Amsterdam at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology (EFIB) in Amsterdam to discuss their views and progress in the sector. Stephan Tanda, chairman of industry association EuropaBio, and board member for DSM spoke to CW about how the EU is trailing the U.S. when it comes to biotech R&D investment and how a more sympathetic regulatroy environment in the EU needs to be put in place. 

In other biotech news... Biocitech SAS (Paris), the operator of a life sciences technology park in Paris, is part of a group of organizations that is setting up Bondy Innovation, a new biotech incubator organziation.

Synthetic biology firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says it has signed an agreement with Brazilian ethanol producer ETH Bioenergia (São Paulo) to form a joint venture for the development of renewable farnesene.

Cobalt Technologies (Mountain View, CA), a company commercializing biobased n-butanol as a renewable chemical and fuel, says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Rhodia to develop n-butanol refineries based on bagasse throughout Latin America.












 
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