September 16, 2008

Breakthrough in sugar chemicals

Another eureka moment in the world of green chemistry is Genomatica's development of sugar-based 1,4 butanediol (BDO), a key feedstock in the manufacturing of hundreds of industrial chemicals for making plastics, rubber and fiber products.

The privately-held company, which has the backing of several Silicon Valley venture capital firms, said it was able to create strains of bacteria that has the potential to produce BDO via fermentation in a global-scale manufacturing plant in less than one year.

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