Weekly News Roundup

A busy week last week especially in Washington with the introduction of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010. I’m sure we’ll hear more of those in the coming days ahead.

This week’s blog is going to be sparse again as I work on two deadlines, one of them is an insight on the impact of Walmart’s sustainability strategies (especially their recent greenhouse gas emissions reductions goal) on the chemical supply chain. Hopefully this will be interesting to the readers so stay tune for that as it comes out on ICIS Chemical Business‘ May 10 issue.

For now, here are this week’s news roundup:

Allylix new funding

Allylix completed its $9 million Series C financing, which it received from new investor Middleland Capital as well as existing investors Blue Grass Angels, Life Science Angels, Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels and Tate & Lyle Ventures.

Former NatureWorks CEO in Genomatica

Genomatica has appointed Dennis McGrew as executive vice president of business development and chief business officer, and Joseph Kuterbach as the vice president of operations, engineering and technology transfer. McGrew formerly served as president and CEO of NatureWorks while Kuterbach is a career veteran of Lyondell Basell.

DuPont forms sustainable biz

DuPont has formed a new DuPont business, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, that will offer consulting services, training and technology offerings. The new organization integrates three former businesses — DuPont Safety Resources, segments of DuPont Clean Technologies and Coastal Training Technologies.

Amyris new joint venture

Amyris Biotechnologies has established a joint venture with Grupo São Martinho called SMA Indústria Química S.A. The new company was created to build the first facility fully dedicated to the production of Amyris renewable products.

Sigma Aldrich offers bioplastic for meds

Sigma-Aldrich entered a distribution agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH to offer its portfolio of RESOMER biodegradable polylactide (PLA) and poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) polymers to the research community.

And in ICIS News (requires subscription):

The US House Committee on Energy and Commerce summoned three chemical company chief executives to Washington for a hearing next month on whether flame retardants pose a human health hazard.

Consumer psychology is probably a bigger driver for eco-friendly paints and coatings than regulatory actions, a Rhodia executive said.

Futerro has inaugurated its polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics production unit at Escanaffles, Belgium

Coatings with no byproducts are set to become the wave of the future, a Gelest executive said.

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