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BASF licences Genomatica’s technology to produce biobased 1,4-butanediol [Registered]

BASF plans to begin production of biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) using the patented process of the start-up Genomatica. The one-step fermentation process is based on plant sugars. The license agreement allows BASF to build a world-scale production facility that will use the Genomatica process to manufacture biobased BDO. Under the terms of the agreement, Genomatica will continue to advance its patented bioased BDO production process technology based on sugars while BASF will produce BDO, which will be available in the second half of 2013 for sampling and trials. Sanjeev Gandhi, President of BASF Intermediates division, said that the biobased BDO they…

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