Archive | September, 2010

Amyris trading at $16/share

Despite the lower-than-expected initial public offering (IPO) price of $16/share as opposed to between $18-$20/share, Amyris, the California-based synthetic biology start-up did pretty well as it raised nearly $85m on the first day and its stock closed at $16.85/share on the second day of trading at NASDAQ. As Amyris is one of the first advanced […]

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Biobased Chemicals East: Day 3

Sorry for the delay on this post. The last day at Biobased Chemicals East held in Boston two weeks ago saw familiar presentations from DSM, OPX Biotechnologies, Verdezyne, and Rivertop Renewables. Rennovia also formally introduced itself to the green chemicals community in one of the morning sessions. DSM’s presentation was about having an open innovation […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Here are this week’s [late] news roundup. Pls. also read the blog’s first Opinion post from our guest blogger Sam Nejame of Promotum. I hope we’ll get more of these types of articles for the blog. Novamont bioplastic in Thailand Bioplastic producer Novamont signed a deal with Thantawan Industry for the distribution of its Mater-Bi […]

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OPINION: A guest post from Promotum

I am encouraging the green blog readers to submit their views and opinions about what is going on in the green chemical space. Here’s our first one from Sam Nejame, founder of Promotum. ——————- Doris is a great voice for green chemicals and it’s an honor to be able to contribute to her blog. I […]

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Booming photovoltaics

The green blog has been noticing constant new chemical introductions focusing on the photovoltaics market and today, DuPont confirmed in a webcast the profitability of this sector to their electronics and communications business. DuPont said it expects this year to achieve $1 billion in revenue from sales into the photovoltaic (PV) market — one year […]

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Biobased Chemicals East: Day 2

My second day at the Biobased Chemicals East conference in Boston last week saw familiar companies such as Allylix, Avantium, Elevance, Novomer, Purac, DNP Green, Genencor, Myriant, and Metabolix. However, there are two companies that were new to me: Anellotech and Arzeda. We’ll get to those two later in another post. I was finally able […]

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Biobased Chemicals East: Day 1

Day one of the Biobased Chemicals East conference gave the green blog an opportunity to hear the side of end consumer companies looking to capitalize on the use of renewable-based chemicals such as wheat straw-based polypropylene in Ford Motor’s cars; biobased surfactants on Henkel’s cleaning products; PLA-based fibers for US carpet maker Interface; and PLA-based […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Very tight deadline today and I’ll start blogging about the Biobased Chemicals East conference on Tuesday after I finish my “bio-adipic acid” article for ICIS Chemical Business based from Verdezyne and Rennovia’s presentations at that event. I am now including the topic Green Chemicals to my weekly rotation of inorganics/biofuels/oleochemicals for ICB, so that will […]

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Iogen looking to sell?

Iogen is probably thinking of doing the same move as Verenium when it sold its cellulosic ethanol joint venture to BP. Iogen announced last week that it has “initiated a process to explore strategic alternatives for enhancing shareholder value and funding the deployment of its world leading renewable energy technology.” The company has retained Goldman, […]

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Introducing Rennovia

Just got back from covering the Biobased Chemicals East conference in Boston and I hope you were able to follow my tweets via @ICISchemicalbiz or hashtag #ICIS. I was planning to write about some of the presentations next week as I have a very tight deadline this week writing about green surfactants. But as I […]

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