International Sugar Journal

Ginkgo Bioworks sources Inscripta’s Onyx Digital Genome Engineering Platform to advance its genome editing throughput [Full subscriber]

Inscripta, the Digital Genome Engineering Company, recently announced that the biotech start-up Ginkgo Bioworks, the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, has adopted the Onyx™ Digital Genome Engineering platform in its foundries.

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Infinited Fibre Company partners with Afry to turn waste cellulose-based textile fibres to regenerated textile fibres via commercial-scale plant [Full subscriber]

Finland-based fashion and textile technology group Infinited Fibre Company (IFC) has selected AFRY as the main engineering partner for its new flagship factory for producing regenerated textile fibres for the world’s leading fashion and apparel brands.

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French government to invest €420 million biobased products sector [Full subscriber]

The French government announced on 10th December ’21 that it will invest €420 million in public funds towards the national strategy “Biobased products, industrial biotechnologies and sustainable fuels”.

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Tereos to supply HFS to Avantium for its commercial-scale biobased FDCA plant in Netherlands [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Avantium signed a multi-year strategic supply agreement with the Tereos cooperative group on 10th December, whereby Avantium Renewable Polymers will purchase high fructose syrup made from locally grown wheat as the feedstock for the planned FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) flagship plant in Delfzijl.

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Poland – Orlen opens biopropylene glycol plant [Full subscriber]

Orlen Poludnie, belonging to the PKN Orlen Group, has opened in Trzebinia a biobased propylene glycol production plant costing around PLN 400 million (US$100 million).

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Bucha Bio raises US$550,000 for its biotextile venture [Registered]

Biotech start-up Bucha Bio on 18 October raised US$550,000 in funding for its biotextile product Mirai grown from bacterial-nanocellulose.

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Lakril Technologies to commercialize production of biobased acrylics [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Lakril Technologies, a spin-off from the University of Minnesota, has developed catalyst technology that converts corn-derived lactic acid into acrylics. The company aims to commercialize sustainable acrylics at prices that compete with petroleum using traditional chemical refining approaches.

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Arkema to expand production of biobased oleochemicals by 50% [Full subscriber]

Specialty chemicals company Arkema recently announced a 50% global capacity expansion for its Oleris® biobased n-heptanol at its new plant currently under construction on Jurong Island in Singapore, according to the company’s press release.

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Joyn Bio opens new facility to engineer microbes for crop protection applications [Full subscriber]

The ag-biotech start-up Joyn Bio recently announced the opening of a new greenhouse facility that will enable the company’s expansion into pest and disease management. The newly constructed greenhouse will support the screening and discovery of breakthrough engineered microbial strains for a broad set of crop protection applications.

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Machine learning exploited to engineer yeast to produce itaconic acid [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have engineered the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica to produce the platform chemical itaconic acid using data integration and supercomputing power as a guide.

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