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Genomatica announces biobased BDO milestone (UPDATED)

10:46 AM MST | February 13, 2013 | Rebecca Coons

Genomatica (San Diego) says it has produced 5 million lbs (2,000 m.t.) of renewable 1,4-butanediol (BDO) in five weeks, validating the commercial viability of its BDO production process.   The milestone was achieved in partnership with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products (DTL)—a joint venture between DuPont and Tate & Lyle whose biobased 1,3 propanediol (PDO) plant at Loudon, TN is one of the first large-scale applications of industrial biotechnology—and is also the first time BDO has been produced biologically on this scale and at this rate...

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