January 10, 2012

Weekly News Roundup

What the blog is currently working on for ICIS Chemical Business is a story on succinic acid. This market is very small but people are wondering whether this chemical will have a big impact in the market in the future.

Unfortunately, the two big producers -- Myriant and BioAmber -- are currently under IPO so the blog is not sure if they can talk to the press. We are hoping BASF, DSM and other interested parties will participate in this one...crossing our fingers!

For now, here are this week's news roundup. By the way, I am also working on a blog post about my recent interview with Zeachem...interesting information about their new biorefinery operations in Oregon...

Gevo sells IDGs to Lanld O'Lakes
Gevo signed on off-take and marketing agreement with land O'Lakes Purina Feed for the sale of isobutanol distillers grains (IDGs) from Gevo's isobutanol facility at Luverne, Minnesota. Land O'Lakes Purina Feed will be the exclusive marketer of Gevo's isobutanol dried and modified wet distillers grains for the animal feed market. The companies will also work together to explore opportunities to upgrade the material for special value-added applications in feed markets.

Virent bags five US patents
Virent has been issued five new US patents covering aspects of its catalytic BioForming platform. Patents 8,053,615, 8,017,818 and 7,977,517, cover the production of various liquid fuels and chemicals related to its partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and its ongoing partnership with Royal Dutch Shell. The additional two patents, 7,767,867 and 7,989,664, are directed to the production of a range of other industrial chemicals and chemical intermediates using Virent’s BioForming® process.

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