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.
For Spring/Summer 2021, underwear and sleepwear company Hanro is launching Pure Comfort, a loungewear collection for women made of 100% TENCEL™, a biobased fabric produced by Lenzing.
Spiders produce strong and lightweight threads called draglines that are made from silk proteins. Although they can be used to manufacture a number of useful materials, getting enough of the protein is difficult because only a small amount can be produced by each tiny spider. Now, researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) in Japan, led by Keiji Numata, reported that they succeeded in producing the spider silk from engineered marine photosynthetic bacteria.
Praj Industries and the biotech start-up Lygos have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-develop Lygos’s proprietary yeast for the production of lactic acid.
Denmark’s largest foundation, The Novo Nordisk Foundation, has awarded a grant of €100 million to DTU Biosustain research centre, paving the way for the development of new sustainable consumer products and strengthening Danish biotechnology research.
The latest addition to the polymer-producer Covestro’s sustainable products portfolio is a polycarbonate film of which, the company says, has more than 50% of its carbon content sourced from plant-based starch.
The Hong Kong-based company iCell which uses a patented process to convert nutrient-rich wastewater into an alternative to fishmeal, is looking to raise US$50 million to extend into joint ventures and water treatment facilities outside of Asia-Pacific.
Lignin partially replaces fossil phenol in the production of resins for foams and moulding applications [Full subscriber]
Researchers at Hexion, a global leader for phenolic speciality resins, have succeeded in partially replacing fossil phenol with biobased lignin in resins in the EU-funded Bio4Products initiative. Two promising applications have been identified – insulating foams and moulding compounds.