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Verdezyne completes biobased monomer production

2:21 PM MDT | April 21, 2014 | Lindsay Frost

Verdezyne (Carlsbad, CA), an industrial biotechnology company, announced today that it has completed production of over one m.t. of biobased dodecanedioic acid (DDDA) using its proprietary yeast platform and downstream process. The company worked with the...


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EU approves state aid to French green chemistry project

The European Commission on Thursday approved aid granted by France to The French Institute of Agro-Based Material (Ifmas) for the development of plant-based plastics and biobased paints. The €43.7-million ($59.9 million) aid falls within the EU state aid...

Axens, Total, and Ifpen launch Atol bioethylene technology

Axens announced today the launch of Atol bioethylene technology, codeveloped in partnership with Total; IFP Energies nouvelles (Ifpen; Paris); and Axens, its affiliate. The launch is a culmination of work that started in 2011. Within this cooperation, Total...

FSI halts renewable aspartic acid plant, citing economics

Flexible Solutions International (FSI; Victoria, BC) says it has halted production at its Taber, AB, renewable aspartic acid production plant, citing unfavorable economics given the decline in oil and oil-derived aspartic acid. The company says it continues...

Chromatin unveils sorghum engineered to produce farnesene

Chromatin (Chicago) a developer of sorghum seeds for agriculture and renewable energy, announced today that it has created sorghum plants containing elevated levels of the platform chemical farnesene. Like sugarcane, sorghum has traditionally been used as a...

Myriant supplies biosuccinic acid to Oxea for use in biobased plasticizers

Myriant (Quincy, MA), a renewable chemicals company majority owned by PTT Global Chemical (Bangkok), announced today that it has supplied commercial quantities of biosuccinic acid to Oxea to produce biobased, phthalate-free plasticizers. Oxea, owned by...

Monsanto and Novozymes launch ag biologicals alliance

Novozymes and Monsanto say they have closed their previously announced, long-term strategic alliance aimed at jointly developing agricultural biologicals for global broadacre crops, fruits, and vegetables. The partnership will leverage Novozymes’s...

AVA Biochem starts commercial production of renewable 5-HMF

AVA Biochem (Muttenz, Switzerland) said today that it has begun commercial-scale production of high-purity renewable 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) at Clariant’s Infrapark at Muttenz. The company, in July 2013, announced the completion of...

Informex 2014: Rising certainty despite challenges for pharma

Attendees and exhibitors at this year's Informex USA, held this week in Miami Beach, were mostly optimistic about the direction of the fine chemicals and contract manufacturing industries, as the economic situation improves and some sector-specific drivers...

LS9 moving forward on Brazil fatty alcohols project

Codexis last month abandoned the development of biobased detergent alcohols, but LS9 is pushing ahead with its own program. The firm continues to develop plans for commercial-scale production in Brazil, and construction could begin this year, according to Gary Juncosa, executive v.p./chemicals at LS9....

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