Novvi LLC recently announced the successful start-up of its Deer Park, Texas plant, where it is manufacturing and marketing 100% biobased base oils for the lubricants industry, and 100% biobased process oils for polymer, adhesives, and personal care industries.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have formulated polyurethane foams, made from algae oil, to meet commercial specifications for biodegradable midsole shoes and the foot-bed of flip-flops which they say will address plastic waste that ends up in landfills, on seashores and in our oceans.
Australia’s The Product Makers launches sugarcane extract boasting health benefits [Full subscriber]
Australian food flavouring company The Product Makers (TPM) has launched sugarcane extract Phytolin.
Bacterial enzymes exploited to synthesize complex diterpenes normally made by plants [Full subscriber]
Chemists at Scripps Research have efficiently created three families of complex, oxygen-containing molecules that are normally obtainable only from plants.
The biotech start-up Mi Terro has found a use for spoilt/expired milk by re-engineering its protein casein into biodegradable yarn for the clothing industry.
Aprinnova an Amyris joint venture, is commercializing plant-derived silica made from sugarcane ashes. Silica is used widely in personal care and cosmetics. It is traditionally sourced from non-renewable sand dredging, which requires significant energy consumption and emits large amounts of CO2.
Danish and French biotech start-ups Biosyntia and Lantana, respectively, through their collaboration, are moving closer to offering natural isoflavonoids made from a more pure and high-quality process that is also cheaper and more sustainable, according to the company’s press release.
US Navy partners with Cambium Biomaterials to produce bio-based fire-resistant composite materials [Registered]
US Naval Air Warfare Centre Weapons Division (NAWCWD) and Berkeley-based (California) start-up Cambium Biomaterials are collaborating to develop and produce new, biobased, flame-resistant materials that can both control the spread of flames and reduce the toxicity of the smoke from a fire in aircraft, ships, submarines, spacecraft, and other applications.
Itaconix, a leading innovator in bio-based functional ingredients for improving the safety and performance of everyday homecare, personal care and industrial products, recently announced that it had raised US$2.2 million from its shareholders.