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Amyris Sets Stage for Start-Up

6:58 AM MDT | November 4, 2011 | —REBECCA COONS

Downstream Deals in Place; Commercial-scale Plants Come Online in 2012 The past year has been a critical one for synthetic biology firm Amyris (Emeryville, CA), as the newly public firm ramps up production of farnesene, a versatile C15 hydrocarbon that is the company’s first commercial product. Farnesene, which Amyris trade named Biofene, can be used as a platform chemical for producing fuels, polymers, and a number of specialty chemicals. Farnesene was not the company’s initial development target, however. Amyris originally set out in 2003 to develop yeast...

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