The French biotech start-up Afyren has obtained €60 million in funding to commercialise its technology that can produce industrial chemicals from cellulosic sugars from crop residues and agro-industry by-products.
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a very detailed map on metabolic engineering routes for the production of a wide range of biobased chemicals. This map charts all available strategies and pathways of chemical reactions that lead to the production of various industrial chemicals via engineered microorganisms.
The government of the city of Wusu (Xinjiang, China) and Cathay Industrial Biotech signed on 6th December an agreement for the expansion of Cathay’s biobased chemicals production unit in Wusu.
The UK is well placed to benefit from the emerging bioeconomy and has the potential “to reclaim its world leading position, building new industries out of old ones” as it has the “leading biochemical R&D, relevant skills and infrastructure to build the industry, and established supply chains to chemical buyers at home and abroad” according to a recently published report.
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. This hybrid biological-catalytic process offers an alternative to the conventional petrochemical production method and achieves unprecedented acrylonitrile yields.
Anellotech successfully extends catalyst lifetime for the biomass to aromatic chemicals and fuels process [Registered]
Anellotech recently announced that it has developed proprietary technology to extend catalyst lifetime in its Bio-TCat process for low-cost conversion of biomass into valuable aromatic chemicals and renewable fuels.
Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, led by Cristina Lavilla, synthesised biobased sorbitol-containing polyester polyols via enzymatic polycondensation.
GFBiochemicals claims to be the first company to produce levulinic acid at commercial scale directly from biomass.
Demand is likely to increase for levulinic acid Lux Research says “given the opportunities it provides as a building block chemical. Developing supply agreements will be important for any company within this space, as success will be dependent on off-takers applications of levulinic acid.