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BASF and Genomatica team up to produce biosourced BDO

2:47 AM MDT | May 10, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

BASF plans to produce biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) using Genomatica's (San Diego) patented process, the companies announced today. The one-step fermentation process produces a renewable feedstock from sugars. Financial details were not disclosed. "In line with our strategy, we aim to offer biosourced BDO and create additional value for our customers, in the plastics, textile, and automotive industries," says Sanjeev Gandhi, president/intermediates division at BASF. The location and capacity of the facility has yet to be decided on, BASF says...

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