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Metabolix Goes Commercial

Prepares for Biodegradable Plastic Launch in Spring

1:34 PM MST | December 4, 2008 | Nancy Seewald

Biotechnology firm Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) is nearing the finish line in what has been a more than 10-year endeavor to commercialize polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a family of biobased, biodegradable polymers that are chemically related to polyester. Metabolix, which was formed in 1992, first produced high-yield laboratory-scale PHA using its proprietary fermentation process in 2000, and formed a joint venture with Archer Daniels Midland in 2007 to produce commercial-scale PHA under the brand name Mirel. The jv, dubbed Telles, has almost completed construction of...

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