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Bioeconomy Career Map

Another year has passed and maybe you’re now looking for a career change that can satisfy your thirst to contribute in some small way to make the world and our society a little better? I received this press release and thought it very interesting for those looking at the bioenergy sector. I just came back … Continue reading »

Braskem, Topsoe to build a demo bio-MEG plant

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate here in the USA! I still have more ‘catching up’ posts and this one has already been announced back in July during the BIO World Congress but I guess the press statement (delivered by our friends from Sustainability Consult) just made it official. Braskem has signed a partnership with … Continue reading »

Corbion acquires TerraVia for $20m

Corbion, which specializes in lactic acid and derivatives, recently announced the acquisition of substantially all assets of TerraVia Holdings (formerly Solazyme), which will result in an expansion of its product platform to include microalgae-based food and specialty ingredients. Corbion has paid a cash purchase price of around $20m but it expects the total investments to … Continue reading »

SC Johnson to Acquire Method and Ecover

I just saw this news about SC Johnson agreeing to purchase Method and Ecover for an undisclosed amount. This is an interesting news since Method and Ecover (I believe) are the two largest manufacturers of several bio-based cleaning and home care products. Belgium-based Ecover bought US-based Method in 2012.   SC Johnson Signs Agreement to … Continue reading »

Video: BASF, Avantium discuss the potential of FDCA

Avantium’s Tom van Aken and Stefan Blank, President of BASF’s Intermediates Division, discuss their cooperation regarding the production of a new and bio based raw material using furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). Their Synvina joint venture aims to start construction of an FDCA reference plant by the end of 2018, with sales of FDCA and PEF (polyethylene furanoate) expected … Continue reading »

Farnesene ingredients to be produced in China

I really commend Amyris’s impressive PR machine as I keep getting constant updates from the company every month. This one is interesting as the company announced today an agreement with Phyto Tech Corp (doing business as Blue California) where its affiliates will provide access to its fermentation manufacturing in China and provide the necessary capital … Continue reading »

Butamax prepares for bio-isobutanol commercialization

I have often heard the market potential for bio-isobutanol but the problem is, it’s expensive and Gevo seems to be the only producer in town. Maybe this will change as Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between BP and DuPont, recently announced plans to finally produce bio-isobutanol with its acquisition of Nesika Energy, LLC and … Continue reading »

Avantium IPO raises €103 M on Euronext

Avantium has successfully raised €103 million from its initial public offering (IPO) on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Bruxelles, and was reportedly oversubscribed multiple times, according to European venture capital firm, Soffinova Capital IV, the main shareholder after the IPO. Avantium’s market capitalization has now reached €277 million. The funds raised will be used to further … Continue reading »

BASF Invests in P2 Science

BASF Venture Capital is participating with $2.5 million in a $9.55 million financing round in the U.S. renewable chemistry firm P2 Science. Headquartered in Woodbridge, Connecticut, P2 Science is a specialty chemicals company with a unique flow chemistry process that converts renewable feedstocks to high-value products and intermediates. The investment is co-led by Xeraya Capital … Continue reading »

New rhamnolipid producer in town

Dear blog readers, Unfortunately, I am still having several blog-IT issues and it might take a while to fix it (being a non-tech that I am). An “alternative fact” is that the Trump Administration is now shutting down environment-related blogging sites based in the US. 🙂 In the meantime, I hope you were able to get … Continue reading »

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