March 17, 2013

Weekly News Roundup

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! In honor of the color green, the blog is posting its weekly news roundup in an unprecedented early schedule :). There really had been so many announcements that came out last week that I am unable to post them individually. Hopefully, I'll give justice to some of them here.

By the way, I will be attending the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturer's (AFPM) annual International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, Texas! I am very excited to tweet from there starting Sunday, March 24, and maybe get something good to share to the blog readers.

I still have to work on my press registration but hopefully that will come through. For now, here are this week's news roundup:

Codexis launches new enzymes
Codexis has introduced its next generation CodeXyme 4 and CodeXyme 4X cellulase enzyme packages for use in producing cellulosic sugar for production of biofuels and biobased chemicals. The cellulase enzymes have been found to convert 75-85% of glucan and xylan into C6 and C5 sugars at 10-15g enzyme/kg of glucan. Codexis is scheduled to scale up its CodeXyme 4X cellulase strain at commercial scale in the second quarter of this year. The cellulase enzyme will also be used in pilot production of bio-based CodeXol detergent alcohols in collaboration with Chemtex in Rivalta, Italy by mid-year.

Amyris, Firmenich expands deal
Amyris and flavors & fragrances (F&F) company Firmenich have expanded their collaboration to develop additional target F&F ingredients that Amyris will develop and manufacture in exchange for significant funding over the next 6 years. Firmenich will market and distribute any ingredients resulting from the collaboration exclusively in the F&F market. A previous collaboration deal was established in November 2010 where Firmenich funded Amyris's R&D to produce up to 3 F&F ingredients with an initial fragrance oil targeted for commercialization in early 2014.

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