International Sugar Journal

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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ADM and LG Chem partner to produce lactic acid and PLA in US [Full subscriber]

Chemical firm LG Chem and agribusiness ADM recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that paves the way for forming a new joint venture that will construct and operate a commercial-scale corn-based lactic acid production facility in the United States in early 2022.

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France – Circa Group to build commercial-scale biobased solvent plant at former coal-fired power plant [Full subscriber]

The Australian biotech start-up Circa Group has picked a former coal-fired power plant in northeastern France as the site for its first commercial-scale plant to make Cyrene (dihydrolevoglucosenone), a biobased alternative to traditional solvents intended to replace conventional petrochemical-based such as N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP)

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E. coli engineered to produce high yields of ectoine, an active component in some healthcare products [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Jiangnan University in China have engineered Escherichia coli strains for the high-yield production of ectoine.

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