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French biotech firm finds renewable route to butadiene

11:07 AM MST | December 6, 2012 | Rebecca Coons

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 milestone payment. The butadiene program now enters the development phase, for which Synthos will contribute several million euros, total, through yearly fees, Global Bioenergies says. "The development of an eco-friendly and...

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