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Amyris Builds Post-IPO Momentum

11:44 AM MDT | October 6, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

Synthetic biology firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA) continues to accrue an impressive list of partners as it ramps up production of farnesene, a versatile C15 hydrocarbon and the company’s first commercial product. Founded in 2003, Amyris originally set out to develop yeast that would produce a precursor to artemisinin, a potent anti-malaria drug whose production volumes were limited by a long process time. After that project was turned over royalty-free to sanofi-aventis for larger-scale development, Amyris shifted its attention to the other value compounds its...

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