February 25, 2013

Weekly News Roundup

The blog is having a little difficult time catching up with news these days especially if there are several events coming up soon. By the way, do you know that this week there are two free renewable chemical webinars that will be held at the same date and at the same time?
  • Lux Research: The Role of Bio-Based Materials in the Era of Shale 
    • Date: February 26, 2013 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time
  • Biobased Chemicals: Overcoming Challenges of Commercialization
    • Date: February 26, 2013 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time
I'm still trying to decide which to attend as I only have one computer. Now if I only have two and record the other....

Here are this week's news roundup (or I think this was supposed to be last week's. Sorry for the delay!)

Cereplast forms algae business
US bioplastic producer Cereplast has incorporated a new wholly owned subsidiary Algaeplast, which will focus on the development and manufacture of algae-based bioplastics. The business' ultimate goal is to bring to market new polymers made from 100% algae content. The company recently commercialized small quantities of Biopropylene 109D, a compound with 20% post-industrial algae biomatter.

Global Bioenergies gets new Synthos funding
France-based Global Bioenergies has received a new payment of EUR 1.17m as part of the partnership initiated with rubber company Synthos in 2011. The payment follows the EUR 1.5m received for the successful completion of their first phase of bio-butadiene program in December 2012. Under the partnership deal, Synthos has exclusive rights on the conversion of glucose into butadiene for rubber applications while Global Bioenergies will be entitled to receive royalty payments.

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