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Michelin Taps Amyris for Biobased Isoprene

11:13 AM MDT | September 28, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

Synthetic biology firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says it has partnered with tire giant Michelin to develop and commercialize isoprene made from renewable sources.  Under the terms of the deal, Michelin will contribute funding and technical resources and is committed to off-take volumes for ten years.  Amyris, which retains the right to market renewable isoprene to other customers, expects to begin commercializing this isoprene in 2015 for use in tire and other specialty chemical applications such as adhesives, coatings and sealants. Amyris currently...

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