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Bio-Succinic Acid Plant Commissioned

Bio-Succinic Acid Plant Commissioned

BioAmber, an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals, has initiated commissioning activities for its 30,000 metric ton-capacity bio-succinic acid plant — the world’s largest — located in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Succinic acid can be used to make a broad range of products including polyurethanes, paints and coatings, adhesives, sealants, artificial … Read more »

Startup Turns Methane Emissions into Plastic

California-based startup Newlight Technologies is using methane from dairy farms to make plastic, USA Today reports. The company says the plastic, called AirCarbon, will be used to make chairs, food containers, automotive parts and even cellphone cases for Virgin Mobile. The newspaper quotes William Dowd, former global director of industrial … Read more »

Braskem, Genomatica to Develop Green Chemical

Biopolymer producer Braskem and Genomatica, a biotechnology company, have signed an agreement for the joint development of a new technology for the production of butadiene from renewable feedstocks. Braskem says its objective with the green chemical is to primarily serve the synthetic rubber market, whose demand is currently met by … Read more »


GMOs: the Future of Sustainable Agriculture?

Genetically modified crops — that can feed 9 billion by 2050 and tolerate heat, drought and disease — are the future of sustainable agriculture, writes David Rotman, editor of MIT Technology Review. Crops yields have slowed, Rotman says. Wheat yields are growing at about 1 percent annually; they need to … Read more »

Invista, CPI to Develop Gas-Based, Biotech Process

Invista, whose brands include Lycra, Coolmax and Stainmaster, has partnered with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) to develop new technologies to enable gas-fermentation-based processes for the production of industrial chemicals. Invista says biotechnology can improve the cost and availability of several chemicals and raw materials that are used to … Read more »

GE, Eli Lilly, Celgene Partner with NYC, Launch Biotech Fund

The New York City Economic Development Corporation has partnered with Celgene, GE Ventures and Eli Lilly to create a biotech fund called the Life Sciences Funding Initiative. The city will put in $50 million and says by leveraging at least that amount in matching funds, the partnership will deploy a … Read more »

Bio Base NWE

$8m Project Drives Bio-Based Economy

Small and medium businesses in northwest Europe can apply for Innovation Coupons worth up to €10,000 ($13,109) each to help them assess the feasibility of taking a bio-based idea or technology to industrial production. The €6.2 million ($8.13 million) European Commission project will work with companies to help facilitate business … Read more »

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