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Genomatica Pursuing Biobased Butadiene

10:44 AM MDT | August 22, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

Genomatica, a San Diego-based developer of sustainable chemicals, says it has produced butadiene from biobased feedstocks. The company, which is currently advancing its first product, 1,4-butanediol (BDO), to commercial scale, says butadiene will be its next target for world-scale production. Global demand for butadiene is estimated to be about 20 billion pounds, Genomatica says. Butadiene supply in North America has tightened over the past few years as crackers are increasingly cracking light feeds, which yield less butadiene June contract prices settled at an...

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