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Biomaterials Eyeing Commercialization

8:33 AM MST | March 8, 2011 | —alex scott

For dozens of biomaterial companies, the goal of applying emerging technologies that can economically convert biomass, including cellulose-rich biomass, into fuels and chemicals is tantalizingly close. The scramble for commercialization is on. Investors are still wary, however, and bridging the gap between pilot and commercial scale may be a challenge. Gerardu: OEMs are driving demand. Stoppert: Commercial within months. Eckelberry: Out of the 'wishing and hoping' phase. Hansen: Political support required. Everything is coming together, and rapidly, for the...

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