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‘Tis the season of investing

I guess investors are pretty much in a giving mood this Christmas week as three companies – Elevance, LS9 and Cereplast – announced influx of funding yesterday and today. France oil firm Total is steadily expanding its renewable chemicals investment, first with Amyris and now its venture firm Total Energy Ventures has acquired stakes in […]

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New Green Chemistry companies

I’ve postponed this post about new green chemistry companies for too long and I’m very sorry = (. It seems there are new companies I come across each month that my list keeps on growing! But that’s a good thing. On the back of my recent green investment article on ICIS Chemical Business, here are […]

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Investment insight from DSM

The blog previously posted about DSM Venturing‘s growing recent investments in renewable chemistry and clean technology projects. It is now our pleasure to share insights coming from Erik Rutten, DSM Venturing’s senior investment manager, on how green chemistry companies can attract strategic partners such as DSM. Q: What are the challenges that DSM Venturing confronts […]

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ICB’s Green feature this week

My green article masterpiece is finally out (on print) this week as part of ICIS Chemical Business’ March 1 green feature. My article is about the investment environment for green chemistry companies and it has definitely been an eye opener for me on how these companies were able to get the money flowing for their […]

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DSM invests in green projects

Dutch chemical company DSM has been very busy this month investing left and right in renewable chemistry and clean technology. The blog already posted earlier this month the venturing arm of DSM investing in US-based green chemistry company Segetis. DSM said the investment supports the company’s ambitions to develop bio-based performance materials. Segetis is currently […]

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Codexis files for IPO

During my previous interview with CEO Alan Shaw, Codexis mentioned its plans to file an initial public offering (IPO) and I guess this is as good time as any. The company announced yesterday that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to the proposed […]

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Biorefineries get $564m funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected today 19 biorefinery projects that will receive up to $564m funding under the agency’s Biorefinery Assistance Program, which promotes development of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, biopower and bioproducts using biomass resources. Up to $483m will go to 14 pilot scale projects and 4 demonstration-scale biorefinery […]

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Brazil renewed

Speaking of Brazil (and in connection to my last post about Amyris), I think I mentioned before that there seems to be more investments and activities going on in that part of the world when it comes to biofuel and renewable-based chemicals. The blog reported on May 15 about bioplastic development in Brazil. Since then […]

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Introducing: Glucaric acid

Here’s another green chemistry company start-up to add to my list. I received an email about Missoula, Montana-based Rivertop Renewables who is developing glucaric acid, a sugar-based acid created by oxidizing glucose which can be used as a building block chemical. According to the company, the US Department of Energy recognized glucaric acid as one […]

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Dow: Sustainability = Money

I feel like I wrote this equation before but yesterday’s investor presentation from Dow Chemical emphasized their strategy in incorporating sustainability in all aspects of their operations and businesses mostly because it is profitable to do so. The company has been busy investing and making deals right and left in lithium battery, carbon capture, solar, […]

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