International Sugar Journal

The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is collaborating with the Canadian biotech start-up Adapsyn Bioscience to discover novel compounds by scraping and crunching genomic and metabolomic data from microbes.

## Biobased coating developed from starch [Registered]

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Germany, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA are developing a cost-effective biobased coating based on potato starch.

## Novel process to convert lignocellulosic feedstocks into five-carbon sugar and furfural [Registered]

Researchers from Taiwan, Australia, India and Bangladesh have successfully developed an effective process to convert lignocellulosic feedstocks into commercially valuable chemicals for food and pharmaceuticals.

## A novel method to produce biobased acrylonitrile [Registered]

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.

## Russian chemists synthesis benzofurans from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Registered]

Researchers at RUDN University together with their Russian colleagues have developed a new approach to the synthesis of benzofurans from lignocellulosic feedstocks.

## Global Bioenergies scales up production of biobased acetone and isopropanol [Registered]

The biotech start-up Global Bioenergies announced on 12th December the start of the scale-up phase of a process for producing biobased acetone and isopropanol.

## Mazda partners with Mitsubishi Chemical to develop high performing bioplastic [Registered]

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Mazda have jointly developed a new grade of Durabio bio-derived polycarbonate engineering plastic suitable for moulding large cosmetic automotive parts. Durabio is based partially on plant-derived isosorbide.

## Yeast engineered to produce pharmaceutical proteins [Registered]

The biotech industry relies on cell factories for the production of pharmaceutical proteins, of which several are among the top-selling medicines. There is, therefore, considerable interest in improving the efficiency of protein production by cell factories. Researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in mapping out the complex metabolism of yeast cells paving the way to produce more efficiently protein therapies for diseases such as cancer.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, is the sole international cooperation partner in an AU$10.5 million (US$7.9 million) project funded by the EC through its Horizon 2020 research and innovation program to develop new tobacco varieties that can be used as biofactories for pharmaceuticals and vaccines.