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US bio-based chemicals at a tipping point

This is a contributed post from Stephen J. Gatto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Myriant Corporation. Commercially and technologically there can be little doubt the bio-based chemicals industry is at its tipping point. According to BIO, the world’s largest biotechnology trade association, there are approximately 2,000 companies today in the United States that either […]

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BIO 2012 Coverage Update

By Sam Nejame, founder of Promotum, a management consulting firmspecializing in technology commercialization and business development. ————————Wrapping up a week at BIO. Collection of interesting things seen and heard. The Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals track kicked off boldly with a panelcomparing the outlook for Industrial Bio with Pharma Bio. Pretty scarywhen you consider it took […]

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Seeking sustainability

Sustainability or CSR – is it all just good PR?

This is an insight piece today taken from the ICIS website… INSIGHT: Sustainability or CSR – is it all just good PR? 12 June 2012 16:11  [Source: ICIS news] By Nigel Davis LONDON (ICIS)–Some chemical companies simply get on with it while others like to talk more openly about what they do – in a closely managed […]

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Opinion: Thoughts on Facebook and the Genius of Markets

By Sam Nejame, Promotum Just an aside on comparative valuation. Isn’t it a little strange, that a company which monetizes the social habits of teenage girls (Hello Facebook!), is more valuable than the future of food, materials and energy? Without exaggeration almost everything we touch, wear, eat, drive etc. depends on chemicals and fuels. Yet, […]

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OPINION: Notes from the Advanced Biofuels Summit

Small musings from Sam Nejame on the recent Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference held in Washington D.C. last week. Sam Nejame is a management consultant to the biofuel and renewable chemical industries. ————————————Despite ongoing political and economic challenges, the mood of attendees at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference last week in Washington DC was one of guarded […]

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Opinion: A Gevo case study

This insight is by Martin Monroe, a strategist with over 20 years of work experience and a unique, advanced education in both management (PhD, MBA) and technology (MS biotechnology, BS Chem. Engr.).   He has been a strategy consultant to a major petrochemical firm, advised CEOs and Boards of small businesses, and twice been a […]

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Guest post: Dr. Joaquin Barroso-Flores

This is an insight from Dr. Joaquin Barroso-Flores about the future of Green and Sustainable Chemistry. ————————– As an Associated Research Fellow at the Joint Center for Sustainable Chemistry Research, I’m frequently reminded that there is little consensus in the scientific community about the difference between “green” and “sustainable” chemistry. Many ask, are they synonyms? […]

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Perspective on bioplastics – Jim Lunt & Associates

Here is an industry insight on bioplastics from Jim Lunt of Jim Lunt and Associates, LLC. The blog asked his opinions on the industry’s performance in 2010 and his perspectives on the trends for 2011. ———————————————- 2010 was a pivotal growth year for bioplastics after the economy-induced flat period of 2009. Several prominent studies projected […]

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Green Chemicals 2011 outlook

After the dark economic events of 2009, 2010 is a brighter year for renewable chemical/industrial biotechnology/green chemistry companies as far as project milestones, investment activities and company exposures are concerned. More traditional chemical [and petroleum] companies are jumping into the concept of using renewable-based feedstock as alternative to petroleum, as well as expanding investments in […]

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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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