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Industrial Biotechnology Turning Process Engineering into Profits

11:32 AM MST | November 15, 2010 | REBECCA COONS

The promise of producing chemicals from renewable feedstocks is becoming a reality thanks to advances in metabolic engineering and process development. Several biobased plastics are already being produced at commercial scale, and many biochemical firms are in the late stages of process development. The introduction of lower-cost, biobased versions of existing chemicals and promising new platform chemicals could help the ag-rich U.S. stay competitive in the global marketplace. Schilling: Biobased routes to chemicals with existing markets. Executives expect...

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