French biotech start-up Afyren is partnering with Mitr Phol, the world’s third largest sugar producer, to form a 70-30 joint venture biorefinery in Thailand.
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new level of regulation in the biochemical “machinery” that plants use to convert organic carbon from photosynthesis into a range of ring-shaped aromatic molecules. This opens up new strategies for controlling plant biochemistry for agricultural and industrial applications.
Photothermal therapy (PTT) has attracted considerable attention for tumour treatment due to its unique advantages in minimal invasiveness and spatiotemporal selectivity.
The biotech start-up Conagen has successfully scaled up the production of its sustainable, cost-effective Tyrian purple – a historically coveted and expensive dye found in rare and limited sources in marine nature.
Crop Energies plans to build a commercial-scale plant to produce ethyl acetate at the Zeitz Chemical and Industrial Park, Elsteraue, Germany. Feedstock will be ethanol produced from biomass.
Belgian bioplastics manufacturer Futerro plans to build Europe’s first vertically integrated biorefinery in Normandy, France, to produce polylactic acid (PLA).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on December 20 an investment of $9.5 million to support the scale-up of three biobased product projects. The three successful projects are funded through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Bioproduct Pilot Program, which funds research and development of value-added products from agricultural commodities.
LanzaTech partners with Sumitomo Riko to produce isoprene from recycled rubber waste [Full subscriber]
LanzaTech and Sumitomo Riko are partnering to reuse rubber, resin and urethane waste to produce a key chemical intermediate, isoprene.