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Chemical Industry Weekly Innovation Round-up, November 3

6:37 AM MDT | November 3, 2010 | By ALEX SCOTT

A selection of the most important chemical innovation news stories of the week.
 
From Chemicalweek…
 
In what could be a significant scientific breakthrough for the chemicals industry, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech; Atlanta), say they have developed a novel organic solvent system that significantly enhances the recyclability of precious metal catalysts including gold, palladium, platinum, and silver.
 
Stamicarbon, the licensing arm of Maire Tecnimont, has signed an agreement to provide its process technology for a large urea complex to be built at Rio Grande in the Tierra del Fuego region of Argentina.
 
Rhodia is evaluating projects to recycle formulated rare earths, in an effort to conserve supplies.
 
Industry expo Informex USA, for the second year, will run a green chemistry conference program and award scheme at its next event in February at Charlotte, NC. The organizer UBM is calling for entries for its green innovation award. Deadline is December 3.
 
BASF and Monsanto say they have made “major advancements” in the development of dicamba herbicide formulations for use with soybeans and cotton. The companies recently completed joint field testing of new formulations. They say the formulations...
 
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) says it has begun advising an undisclosed company on a strategy for the global commercialization of a new generation of glyphosate-based herbicides.
 
EuropaBio (Brussels) has published a highlight of its recent European Forum for Industrial Biotech (EFIB), held in October in Edinburgh, U.K. The brief video package details the steps that must be taken to commercialize biomaterials products.
 
Beyond Chemicalweek…
 
In BioPol Blog, Solvay Advanced Polymers is collaborating with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. Inc. (MGC; Tokyo), to development a unique line of renewably-sourced specialty polymers.
 
Biofuels Digest readers in a survey have dumpd hydrotreating for sugar-to-diesel as the hottest biofuels technology.
 
The Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies has opened at Eastern Kentucky University. The center will help the state position itself as a leader in biofuels research and help the country achieve energy independence, says Rep. Ben Chandler(D-Ky), in an article The Richmond Register.
 
In Reuters; China has barred entry of as much as 60,000 tons of U.S. corn that was supplied by a Japanese trading company, saying the cargo contained an unapproved variety of biotech corn.
 
According to the Wall Street Journal, Roche Holding CEO Severin Schwan has said that the company plans to face follow-on biologic drug competition for its cancer treatments using a three-pronged approach that includes developing new treatments and persuading regulators to set higher standards for copycat therapies. "Eventually the patents will expire; biosimilars will come into the market," Schwan said.












 
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