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Genencor: Betting on the Viability of Bio-Based Feedstocks

9:49 AM MST | February 23, 2009 | Alex Scott

Six months ago the price of sweet crude oil hit $147/barrel and not long before that some analysts predicted it could go as high as $200/bbl. The situation prompted some chemical companies to investigate the viability of replacing crude oil components with those derived from bio-based raw materials. Many of these companies ended up contacting Danisco’s Genencor (Rochester, NY), an enzyme technology firm with the capability to develop new bio-processing routes for molecules traditionally produced via synthetic routes. Genencor’s genetically engineered...

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