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Amyris to begin commercial production of second fragrance molecule

2:17 PM MDT | August 31, 2015 | Rebecca Coons

Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says it has developed a yeast strain ready to produce a new fragrance molecule at commercial scale in less than 12 months from the start of strain engineering, and plans to begin manufacturing of this molecule in September at its...

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Bioplastics startup achieves commercial pilot-scale PHA biomaterial production

TerraVerdae BioWorks (Wilton, UK) has achieved commercial pilot-scale production of its biodegradable, natural microspheres for use in personal care and cosmetic products, as a direct replacement for synthetic, non-degradable plastic microbeads. The company...

BioConsortia to ramp up search for partners in 2016; field trials successful

Ag biotech firm BioConsortia (Davis, CA) is aiming to ramp up its search for a marketing and distribution partner next year. The company, which is researching and developing microbial consortia for agricultural uses, “sees itself primarily as an R&D...

Evonik Industries inaugurates medical devices laboratory at Shanghai

Evonik Industries has opened its first application technology laboratory for medical devices. The Shanghai-based laboratory will support medical device manufacturers who use Evonik polymers, such as its Resomer and Resomer Select biodegradable polymers. These...

HallStar expands in Asia

HallStar (Chicago), a specialty chemicals maker, on Tuesday opened a research and technical support center at Suzhou, China. Sales, service, and logistics functions will also operate out of the new facility “in the near future,” HallStar says. The...

Hallstar opens research and technical support center at Suzhou, China

Specialty chemicals company Hallstar (Chicago) on Tuesday announced the opening of an R&D and technical support center at Suzhou, China. The Hallstar New Material Science & Technology (Suzhou) Co. will conduct advanced research for applications in two...

Penn State researchers propose process for low-emission coal-to-liquids

Researchers at Penn State University (State College, PA) have developed and tested a solvent-extraction process for making liquids from bituminous coals and have shown the successful use of these fuels in small jet engines, a diesel-engine pickup truck, and a...

Solvay enters development, commercialization agreement with UK firm for biocidal products

Byotrol (Manchester, UK) and Solvay have signed an agreement jointly to develop and commercialize longlasting biocidal products. Solvay, as part of the agreement, will make a "significant" investment in Byotrol’s technical cost base in the...

Merck and Nano-C join forces to develop fullerene derivatives for organic photovoltaics

Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) and Nano-C (Westwood, MA), a privately held company, have announced joint development of new fullerene derivatives for the emerging field of organic photovoltaics (OPVs). Merck says it is pursuing many projects to participate...

Bioplastics start-up optimizes waste methanol–to-PHA process, scales up for commercial deployment

TerraVerdae BioWorks (Edmonton, AB) has completed the scale-up optimization of its process to produce biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics from waste-derived methanol. The project has optimized the process robustness and demonstrated the...

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