International Sugar Journal

Spiber raises US$312 million to produce silk via fermentation platform [Full subscriber]

The Japanese biofabrication startup Spiber has raised JPY 34.4 billion (US$312 million) in a funding round led by local public-private fund Cool Japan Fund and. private equity firm Carlyle. Fund managers Fidelity and Baillie Gifford also contributed to the round.

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Swedish firms building a demonstration plant to produce textiles from cellulosic fibres [Full subscriber]

Sweden-based TreeToTextile, owned by H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, Stora Enso, and LSCS Invest are investing in constructing a demonstration plant in Sweden that uses a novel process to convert wood into a cellulose-based textile fibre.

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Engineered microbes produce fibres “outperforming many synthetic and natural polymers” [Full subscriber]

Researchers from Washington State University have developed a synthetic chemistry technology that allows them to polymerize proteins inside engineered microbes to make muscle fibres – a more robust substance than silk or cotton.

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Givaudan partners with Ginkgo Bioworks to produce biobased ingredients for the flavours and fragrances sectors [Full subscriber]

The Swiss flavour and fragrance giant Givaudan is partnering with synthetic biology platform company Ginkgo Bioworks to develop a new series of biobased ingredients.

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Lulumelon invests in Genomatica’s technology to use biobased BDO in its apparel offerings [Full subscriber]

The fitness apparel giant Lululemon recently announced a multi-year collaboration with Genomatica whereby it will use biobased materials produced via Genomatica’s technology in its products.

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Twelve and LanzaTech partner to produce polypropylene from CO2 [Full subscriber]

Biotech start-ups LanzaTech and Twelve have partnered to transform carbon dioxide into polypropylene, a key polymer used for medical devices including syringes and IV bags, as well as for large-scale applications in automotive, furniture, textiles and other everyday products.

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Biosyntia partners with Givaudan to produce natural flavour ingredients from sugar [Full subscriber]

The Danish biotech start-up Biosyntia, with the expertise in the development of fermentation processes for select small molecules, has entered into a multi-year collaboration with Givaudan, a supplier of flavours, taste, functional and nutritional solutions to develop and manufacture sustainable, natural ingredients for food and beverage sectors.

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Solugen secures US$357 million to produce chemicals from sugar via “chemienzymatic” process [Registered]

The biotech start-up Solugen has raised US$357 million from investors to produce substitute petrochemicals from converting sugars into chemicals using both enzyme and chemical catalysts.

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New process produces high yields of biobased isobutene [Full subscriber]

Isobutene is a high-value gaseous alkene used as a fuel additive and a chemical building block. Researchers at The University of Manchester collaborating with the biotech start-up Global Bioenergies detail a breakthrough in the production of biobased isobutene via a modified mevalonate pathway from glucose. 

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Novel metabolic engineering approach paves way for cell-free biomanufacturing of substitute petrochemicals [Full subscriber]

Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Texas have optimized in vitro biosynthesis (biochemical production) processes that use cell extracts from engineered strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and increased rates of chemical production as a result.

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