Dutch DSM to acquire C5 Yeast Company for undisclosed fee

28 June 2011 08:05  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--DSM has reached an agreement to acquire C5 Yeast Company from Dutch natural agricultural producer Royal Cosun for an undisclosed fee, the life sciences and materials sciences firm said on Tuesday.

The acquisition will allow DSM to combine C5 Yeast Company’s capabilities with its own yeast and enzyme technologies for the production of second generation biofuels, DSM said in a statement.

DSM currently has the enzyme and yeast fermentation technology to develop cellulosic ethanol derived from agricultural residues and non-edible crops, it said.

DSM is currently collaborating with “many companies” in the development of second generation biofuels and is on track to develop several commercial demonstration facilities scheduled to start up in 2014, the statement said without elaborating.

Microorganisms such as yeast are crucial to the biofuel production process as they are required to convert the fermentable sugars generated by enzymes from biomass into ethanol, according to DSM, which has its global headquarters at Heerlen, in the Netherlands.

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By: Nurluqman Suratman

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