International Sugar Journal

Lygos CBx commenced commercial-scale production of biobased cannabinoids [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Lygos CBx recently announced that it has completed commercial-scale production of its cannabinoid products, including CBG (cannabigerol), CBC (cannabichromene), CBD (cannabidiol), and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), employing its proprietary fermentation and processing technology.

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The potential of synthetic biology expanded to produce chemicals not found in nature [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have engineered the microbe E. coli to produce a molecule that, until now, could only be synthesized in a laboratory.

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Spiber raises US$312 million to produce silk via fermentation platform [Full subscriber]

The Japanese biofabrication startup Spiber has raised JPY 34.4 billion (US$312 million) in a funding round led by local public-private fund Cool Japan Fund and. private equity firm Carlyle. Fund managers Fidelity and Baillie Gifford also contributed to the round.

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Swedish firms building a demonstration plant to produce textiles from cellulosic fibres [Full subscriber]

Sweden-based TreeToTextile, owned by H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, Stora Enso, and LSCS Invest are investing in constructing a demonstration plant in Sweden that uses a novel process to convert wood into a cellulose-based textile fibre.

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Engineered microbes produce fibres “outperforming many synthetic and natural polymers” [Full subscriber]

Researchers from Washington State University have developed a synthetic chemistry technology that allows them to polymerize proteins inside engineered microbes to make muscle fibres – a more robust substance than silk or cotton.

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Givaudan partners with Ginkgo Bioworks to produce biobased ingredients for the flavours and fragrances sectors [Full subscriber]

The Swiss flavour and fragrance giant Givaudan is partnering with synthetic biology platform company Ginkgo Bioworks to develop a new series of biobased ingredients.

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Lulumelon invests in Genomatica’s technology to use biobased BDO in its apparel offerings [Full subscriber]

The fitness apparel giant Lululemon recently announced a multi-year collaboration with Genomatica whereby it will use biobased materials produced via Genomatica’s technology in its products.

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Twelve and LanzaTech partner to produce polypropylene from CO2 [Full subscriber]

Biotech start-ups LanzaTech and Twelve have partnered to transform carbon dioxide into polypropylene, a key polymer used for medical devices including syringes and IV bags, as well as for large-scale applications in automotive, furniture, textiles and other everyday products.

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Biosyntia partners with Givaudan to produce natural flavour ingredients from sugar [Full subscriber]

The Danish biotech start-up Biosyntia, with the expertise in the development of fermentation processes for select small molecules, has entered into a multi-year collaboration with Givaudan, a supplier of flavours, taste, functional and nutritional solutions to develop and manufacture sustainable, natural ingredients for food and beverage sectors.

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Solugen secures US$357 million to produce chemicals from sugar via “chemienzymatic” process [Registered]

The biotech start-up Solugen has raised US$357 million from investors to produce substitute petrochemicals from converting sugars into chemicals using both enzyme and chemical catalysts.

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