International Sugar Journal

Unilever and Genomatica partner to develop biotech alternatives to palm oil [Full subscriber]

The consumer goods giant Unilever is partnering with the biotech firm Genomatica on a US$120 million venture to commercialise and scale alternatives to replace palm oil as feedstock in the production of everyday cleaning and personal care products via a fermentation platform.   

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Asahi Kasei partners with Genomatica to commercialize production of biobased nylon [Full subscriber]

Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei is partnering with the biotech start-up Genomatica to commercialize the production of biobased Leona polyamide 6,6 (also called nylon 6,6). To this end, Asahi Kasei will be sourcing Genomatica’s biobased hexamethylenediamine (HMD) process conversion technology.

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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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Genomatica commences large scale production of biobased butylene glycol [Registered]

The biotech start-up Genomatica recently announced large-scale commercial production of its Brontide™ butylene glycol.

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Genomatica secures funding of US$90 million to boost commercialization of its biobased chemicals [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up Genomatica has raised US$90 million in private funding to accelerate the commercialization of two biobased chemicals that are being used today in plastics, cosmetics, and personal care. The company says it will also use the money to further ongoing development of a third chemical, to be used in sustainable nylon.

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Genomatica and Aquafil partner to produce biobased nylon [Full subscriber]

The US biotech start-up Genomatica is partnering with the Italian synthetic fibres producer Aquafil, to develop a commercial process for the production of biobased caprolactam for the synthesis of polyamide 6 from sugar via fermentation with genetically modified microbes which will be used by the Italian company to produce fibres and synthetic yarns for carpets and clothing

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Genomatica introduces biobased 1,3-butylene glycol production technology [Registered]

The biotech start-up Genomatica recently announced its latest innovation, the GENO BG process for the production of biobased 1,3-butylene glycol.

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Novamont opens commercial scale biobased butanediol plant [Registered]

Novamont has opened Mater-Biotech plant in Bottrighe (Rovigo, Italy), for the production of 1,4 butanediol on an industrial scale directly from sugars using Genomatica’s process technology.

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Genomatica and Braskem produce biobased butadiene in a single step [Registered]

During the course of their programme, the team at Genomatica and Braskem has successfully developed a microorganism that consumes sugar and converts it to butadiene at lab scale, in two-litre fermenters.

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BASF and Genomatica expand license agreement for biobased BDO production [Registered]

The license agreement allows BASF to build a world-scale production facility that will use the Genomatica process to manufacture renewable BDO. BASF has secured rights to allow production of up to 75,000 tons per year. Under the terms of the agreement, Genomatica will continue to advance its patented GENO BDO™ process technology for the production of renewable BDO. The process, which includes a single-step fermentation, can be based on sucrose as renewable feedstock.

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