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Coca-Cola picks Gevo, Virent, Avantium

So we finally got an announcement from Coca-Cola this morning about their plans for a fully renewable-based PlantBottle packaging and picked Virent, Gevo, Avantium as its new partners. If I have superpowers, I could have predicted those three companies based on my June 15 posting on bio-PET update (check my headline very carefully). It’s great to hear that these companies and the renewable […]

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Introducing P2 Science

Speaking of investing, our good friend Neil Burns and Connecticut, US-based Elm Street Ventures recently invested in newly formed company called P2 Science, which will focus on the development and manufacture of a new class of high performance carbohydrate-based surfactants called C-glycosides (CGs).   According to the company’s website, the surfactants are being positioned primarily […]

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$355m venture firm for green chems

As I am preparing for my incoming article on ICIS Chemical Business about renewable chemicals investment 2012 outlook, I came across this news about Warburg Pincus investing up to $355m in an new private equity firm called First Green Partners based in Minneapolis. The new firm will be led by Doug Cameron – ex-Cargill official […]

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Getting to know Renmatix

This post is a little bit difficult for me to do given my extremely little knowledge about sugar chemistry and its industry. I’m also not familiar with the sugar market compared to my 10-year background in the vegetable oils and animal fats industry.   But with everybody talking about sugar in the renewable chemicals sector, […]

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BioAmber files for $150m IPO

Sorry this post was late. I had to deal with the magazine deadline and a headache-inducing exam. The good news is that this news about BioAmber’s IPO filing came in just in time for my editor-in-chief to include it in his upcoming article covering the financing environment within the renewable chemicals space. This article is […]

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EcoSynthetix expands bio-latex capacity

Admittedly, the blog is not that familiar with Ontario, Canada-based EcoSynthetix. The company first came into the blog’s attention when it filed an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange on July this year and began trading on August 4 as it raised around C$100m by selling 11.15m shares at C$9 (C$1= US$1). By the way, […]

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3Q Renewable Chems Earnings news

I don’t usually follow much of the earnings season (except for titanium dioxide, chlor-alkali and soda ash that I have to cover for ICIS Chemical Business…) but I’ll make an exception on this quarter for some of our renewable chems companies such as Codexis, Amyris, Gevo, Solazyme, and Metabolix. I hope I did not miss […]

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BioAmber Mitsui JV to build succinic, BDO plants

The race for bio-BDO commercialization is on as BioAmber and Mitsui announced their collaboration to build both bio-succinic acid and bio-1,4 butanediol (BDO) plants – one in Sarnia, Canada, and the other in Rayong, Thailand. A third one is being planned either in North America or Brazil (I’m betting on Brazil…). BioAmber and Mitsui have […]

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Amyris partners with Method

So, the blog was finally able to listen to the Amyris earnings webcast on November 1 and heard the confirmation that the company did buy Draths’ assets although no amount was disclosed. Draths, according to Amyris, has been working with E.coli on bio-monomers production but Amyris intends to switch over to using yeast. Draths’ technologies […]

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Eastman enters biobutanol

Interesting times in the bio-butanol industry. First we recently seen an announcement from Cobalt Technologies partnering with Rhodia for biobased n-butanol production in Latin America (just had an interview with Cobalt CEO Rick Wilson and will write an article on this soon), and then yesterday, Eastman announced that it has acquired the assets of TetraVitae […]

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