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American Refining Group takes 33.3% stake in Amyris-Cosan biobased lubricants joint venture

July 19, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG; Bradford, Pennsylvania) has announced a 33.3% equity investment into biobased lubricants maker Novvi LLC (Emeryville, California). Novvi is a a joint venture of renewable chemical firm Amyris, Inc. (Emeryville, California)...

Evonik to commercialize biosurfactants

July 19, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Evonik Industries AG announced Tuesday that it is commercializing biosurfactants following five years of research involving scientists from Germany, China, and Slovakia. The company flagged the plan at a recent innovation event in Germany. Evonik says it is...

Cathay Industrial Biotech significantly expanding biobased nylon

June 22, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Cathay Industrial Biotech (Shanghai), a privately owned industrial biotechnology company focused on specialty biobased chemicals, has announced a major expansion of its production capacity for biobased long-chain dibasic acids (LCDA) and the groundbreaking...

Abengoa receives stalking-horse offers for five US ethanol plants

June 14, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Two Nebraska ethanol producers and a Texas trading company have made offers worth about $360 million for five of Abengoa’s seven US ethanol plants, including three plants in Nebraska, one in Illinois, and one in Indiana, according to a motion filed by...

UK funds research in biotechnology catalysts

May 27, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC; Swindon, UK) has announced that 16 research projects are to share £17 million ($24.9 million) for innovative, challenge-led biotechnology concepts to market. The projects, which focus on...

Amyris, CJ CheilJedang sign manufacturing pact

May 20, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Amyris (Emeryville, CA) and CJ CheilJedang Corp. (Seoul) have entered into an manufacturing agreement for Amyris’s biobased farnesene to be produced at existing CJ facilities. Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the partnership...

Monsanto cuts forecast for blockbuster soybean due to regulatory delays

May 10, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Monsanto lowered its 2016 outlook for planting of its new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans in the US as it awaits EU import approval for the stacked-trait soy and faces resistance from grain traders. Monsanto had previously expected that the soybean, which...

Valmet and Biochemtex developing technology for lignin-derived biochemicals

May 5, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Valmet  (Espoo, Finland), a developer and supplier of technologies and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries, and Biochemtex (Tortona, Italy), supplier of technologies for the production of second-generation biofuels and biochemicals owned...

Comet Biorefining to supply dextrose from new plant to BioAmber

April 18, 2016 | Clay Boswell

BioAmber has signed an agreement to purchase high-purity dextrose from Comet Biorefining’s (London, ON) planned 60 million lb/year production facility in Sarnia, ON. Comet will use its own technology to produce the dextrose from agricultural residues....

Evonik acquires cosmetic ingredients start-up in France

April 8, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Evonik Industries has concluded a purchase agreement to take over Alkion BioPharma (Evry, France), a start-up company, Evonik announced Friday. Evonik is purchasing Alkion to expand Evonik's personal-care portfolio in the area of specialty active ingredients...

CM&E: Biotech industry to expand in 2016

April 7, 2016 | Jing Chen

Speakers at a 2016 Biotech Outlook session on 7 April held by the Chemical Marketing and Economics (CM&E) Group expressed its optimism on the outlook of the biotechnology industry. Speakers included Michael King, a managing director and senior research...

Rivertop Renewables' first plant exceeding nameplate capacity

March 29, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Rivertop Renewables (Missoula, MT) announced Tuesday that testing at its newly constructed renewable sodium glucarate plant at Danville, VA, exceeded nameplate capacity by 15%. The plant—Rivertop’s first commercial-scale facility—was built...

BASF and Avantium link in biobased intermediates JV, plan to build plant at Antwerp

March 15, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

BASF and Avantium (Amsterdam), chemical technology company, on Tuesday said that they have signed a letter of intent and entered into exclusive negotiations to establish a joint venture for producing and marketing furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), as well as...

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