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GFBiochemicals to start commercial production of levulinic acid this summer

8:37 AM MST | March 2, 2015 | Michael Ravenscroft

GFBiochemicals (Milan, Italy), a company that specializes in the research, development, and production of biobased chemicals and fuels, has announced that it is starting commercialization of levulinic acid (4-oxopentanoic acid) at its Caserta, Italy, plant...


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Deinove granted patent in the US for second-generation bioethanol production process

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Italian companies to collaborate in green production of levulinic acid

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