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Michelin Man Goes Green With Isoprene from Renewables

11:01 AM MDT | October 25, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

Green Isoprene: Michelin funds biobased efforts. Synthetic biology firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) says it has partnered with tire giant Michelin to develop and commercialize isoprene, a molecule used in synthetic rubber production, made from renewable sources. 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 biobased isoprene in 2015 for use in tire and other specialty chemical applications...

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