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French biotech firm finds renewable route to butadiene, enters development phase

9:54 AM MST | December 24, 2012 | —Rebecca Coons

C4 Breakthrough: Global Bioenergies' discovery triggers milestone payment from rubber maker Synthos. Biochemical company Global Bioenergies (Évry, France) says it has discovered a direct biological pathway to convert renewable feedstocks into butadiene. The finding completes the first phase of a strategic partnership agreement Global Bioenergies signed in July 2011 with rubber maker Synthos and triggers a €1.5-million ($2 million) milestone payment. The butadiene program now enters the development phase, for which Synthos will contribute several...

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