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Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation Round-up, March 3

9:02 AM MST | March 3, 2011 | By ALEX SCOTT

Codexis (Redwood City), an innovator in the field of enzymes technology this week disclosed that it is making good progress in the development of enzymes for use in carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems. This departure from its core applications for its enzymes of processing biofuels and pharmaceuticals. Codexis is jointly developing the technology with CO2 Solutions (Quebec, Canada), a CO2 technology company.
Also stepping out of its core field of production this week is electronics giant Samsung which has announced its entry into biopharmaceutical manufacturing via a joint venture with Quintiles, a global pharma services group.
On the biomaterials front Genomatica (San Diego) says it has raised $45 million to fund demonstratation-scale production and early commercialization efforts for its first product, biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO).  
In fragrances, Givaudan has forged an agreement with synthetic biology firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) to develop a derivative of Amyris’s biobased farnesene. Givaudan says the chemical could be a building block for “one of the most important proprietary fragrance ingredients” in its portfolio. Givaudan intends to market the final product as early as 2012.
Bayer CropScience says it will invest $20 million to construct a new greenhouse at its North American headquarters located at Research Triangle Park, NC. The greenhouse will be a key facility in support of the expansion of BioScience research and development activities within the U.S.,
Beyond Chemicalweek…
Chemical Reviews: An article about the Current Trends in the Chemistry of Permanent Hair Dyeing identifies the emergence of a new crop of technologies to replace p-phenylenediamine-based dyes. Hair cooring will be revolutionised it says. Chemical Reviews, 2011; : 110125093129032 DOI: 10.1021/cr1000145
Science Daily: Algae converted to butanol; Fuel can be used in automobiles. Chemical engineers have developed a method for converting common algae into butanol, a renewable fuel that can be used in existing combustible engines.
Science Daily: New Kind of Optical Fiber Developed: Made With a Core of Zinc Selenide Scientists have developed the very first optical fiber made with a core of zinc selenide -- a light-yellow compound.
Eurekalert!: Scientists now have a better understanding of why spider silk fibers are so incredibly strong: Recent research describes the architecture of silk fibers from the atomic level up and reveals new information about the molecular structure that underlies the amazing mechanical properties.

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