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BIO 2011 Conference Highlights Succinic Acid

11:15 AM MDT | May 16, 2011 | —REBECCA COONS in Toronto

Opportunities in biobased succinic acid topped the agenda at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO; Washington) World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, held last week in Toronto, due in part to DSM’s concurrent announcement that it will build a 10,000 m.t./year plant with starch firm Roquette Frères (Lestrem, France; p. 14). Succinic acid is a versatile building block that can be used in the production of 1,4 butanediol (BDO), polyurethane, and biodegradeable polymers. However, the high cost of traditional routes...

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