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Metabolic Explorer Breaks New Ground with Bio-Route to PDO

9:43 AM MDT | May 14, 2008 |

Alex Scott

Industrial biotech start-up Metabolic Explorer (Clermont-Ferrand, France) this week disclosed that it has successfully produced initial samples of 1,3-propanediol (PDO) generated from the fermentation of crude, industrial glycerol featuring a proprietary patent-protected purification step. Glycerol is a byproduct of industrial biodiesel production. The samples of PDO were generated at a purity of above 99.5%, the company says. Metabolic Explorer says it has subcontracted development of its purification process to process engineering firm Processium (Villeurbanne...

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