International Sugar Journal

Netherlands – Cosun and Avantium partner to construct sugar-to-glycols plant [Full subscriber]

Cosun Beet Company, part of Royal Cosun, and the biotech start-up Avantium to construct a commercial scale sugar-to-glycols plant in the Netherlands. According to a press release, Cosun will take a substantial share.

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DSM acquires Amyris’ flavour and fragrance biobased intermediates business [Full subscriber]

DSM will acquire the flavour and fragrance (F&F) biobased intermediates business of Amyris for US$150 million.

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Naturally sourced cyan blue could replace synthetic blue dye used in the food industry [Full subscriber]

an international team of researchers, leveraging synthetic biology and computational protein design tools, have developed a long-sought naturally derived cyan blue colourant sourced from red cabbage anthocyanin pigments that may offer an alternative to the synthetically-produced industry standard blue dye, although more testing is needed to determine the compound’s safety.

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DMC Biotechnologies scales-up production of biobased amino acid L-alanine [Full subscriber]

The US-based start-up DMC Biotechnologies recently announced that it has successfully demonstrated full commercial-scale production for its first product, the amino acid L-alanine in an 85 cubic metre fermentation reactor conducted at EW Biotech’s facility in Leuna, Germany.

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Afyren secures beet pulp supplies from Südzucker to produce biobased organic acids [Full subscriber]

The French biotech start-up Afyren has reached a long-term agreement for the supply of sugar beet pulp with the sugar giant Südzucker that will be used as feedstock for its Afyren Neoxy zero-waste, low-carbon biorefinery, which will begin producing seven 100% bio-based organic acids at an industrial scale in early 2022.

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France – PILI secures €4 million to industrialise production of biobased pigments [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up PILI, based in Toulouse, France, recently secured an investment of €4 million to upscale its proprietary enzymatic technology to produce pigments for paints and inks.

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E. coli engineered to synthesise chondroitin sulfate [Full subscriber]

Sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are a class of important biologics that are currently manufactured by extraction from animal tissues. Although such methods are unsustainable and prone to contamination, animal-free production methods have not emerged as competitive alternatives due to complexities in scale-up, the requirement for multiple stages and the cost of co-factors and purification. Now, researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US have developed one-step biosynthesis of chondroitin sulfate (CS), a type of GAG, a polysaccharide molecule used in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, via reprogrammed E. coli.

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Bacteria used to make stronger materials [Full subscriber]

Biological systems can harness their living cells for growth and regeneration, but engineering systems cannot. Until now. Researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering are harnessing living bacteria to create engineering materials that are strong, tolerant, and resilient.

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Researchers identify key enzymes in actinobacteria that synthesize bioactive substances [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and ETH Zürich, Switzerland have discovered the role of three enzymes that are involved in synthesizing a class of natural products.

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Clariant partners with India Glycols for biobased ethylene oxide derivatives [Full subscriber]

Swiss speciality chemicals firm Clariant has partnered with Indian chemicals manufacturer India Glycols (IGL) to produce and market biobased ethylene oxide (EO) derivative products.

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