International Sugar Journal

Deinove targets cosmetics sector, drops interest in biofuels [Registered]

After biofuels and carotenoids, the French biotech start-up Deinove is now moving forward on the cosmetics front. Its engineered microbes can produce a number of high-value chemicals for skin care, and Deinove plans to bring them to market until the end of 2018.

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American Process partner with several companies to exploit its nanocellulose production technology [Registered]

The biotech start-up American Process Inc (API) recently signed a Joint Development Agreement with the Netherlands-based companies Will & Co B.V.and P.R.G. B.V. to develop, produce and supply ready-to-use thermoplastic compounds reinforced with nanocellulose. American Process has developed a proprietary, low-cost process to separate nanocellulose from biomass.

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Novel process to produce biobased butadiene used extensively in plastics and rubber products [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Delaware, the University of Minnesota and the University of Massachusetts, all affiliated with the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), have invented a process to make biobased butadiene from plant sugars.

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Italy – Bio-on to build a plant producing biodegradable microbeads for cosmetics [Registered]

The biotech start-up Bio-on recently announced the construction of its new plant near Bologna that will produce biopolymer designed to replace the microbeads in cosmetics, deemed responsible for marine pollution and already banned in some countries.

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Meridian Waste and Advanced Lignin partner to produce bioplastics [Registered]

Meridian Waste Solutions recently signed a non-binding term sheet with Advanced Lignin Biocomposites LLC to create a joint venture to develop Advanced Lignin’s biomaterials technology portfolio.

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AkzoNobel, AB, and EY launch online tool to track biobased content of end products [Registered]

An online tool designed to track bio-based raw materials in the supply chain has been developed by AkzoNobel, Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) (ABT) and professional services firm EY. It relies on e-certification to track bio-based material content right through a product’s value chain.

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Rennovia enters piloting stage of its sugar-based 1,6-hexanediol process [Registered]

The biotech start-up Rennovia recently announced that it has now successfully commissioned, and is operating, all core pilot plant operations for its sugars to 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) process.

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VTT introduces 100% biobased pouches for packaging food products [Registered]

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed lightweight 100% bio-based stand-up pouches that exploit VTT’s patent pending high consistency enzymatic fibrillation of cellulose (HefCel) technology.

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Comparative analysis of the industrially useful Aspergillus species [Registered]

Researchers from Netherlands and USA have sequenced the genomes of 10 novel Aspergillus species, more than doubling the number of industrially important Aspergillus species sequenced to date.

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Helm and Greenyug partner for biobased ethyl acetate [Registered]

The chemicals marketing company Helm and chemical company Greenyug recently signed an exclusive off-take contract for biobased ethyl acetate which will be produced at Greenyug’s planned facility in Columbus, Nebraska, USA.

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