May 6, 2011

Weekly News Roundup

The green blogger is going to be a very busy bee for the next two weeks covering the "sold out" ICIS 1st Worlds Surfactants conference (I'll do the welcome speech too) in New Jersey, and after that, the 3rd Global Helsinki Chemicals Forum in Helsinki, Finland, where I will participate in a roundtable talking about bio-economy (my stomach has butterflies just thinking about this).

Hopefully, my colleague Clay Boswell, who will attend next week's BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing in Toronto, Canada, will have some goodies to share after I come back.

For now, here are this week's news roundup:

Cobalt bags $20m funding
Biobutanol developer Cobalt Technologies has closed a $20m series D funding round led by Whittemore Collection Ltd., the investment vehicle of Parsons & Whittemore, a global pulp manufacturer. The funding will help Cobalt build its new 470,000 gal/year n-butanol demonstration plant in Alpena, Michigan.

Purac joins advanced bioprocess consortium
Purac is investigating the participation in a multi-purpose Bioprocess Pilot Facility (BPF) in a consortium of a number of industry partners and universities, including DSM and Delft University of Technology. This Bioprocess Pilot Facility is planned to be built in Delft, The Netherlands and aimed at scale-up research and education for next generation bioprocesses.

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