April 17, 2013

Weekly News Roundup

My apologies for the lack of post as I have to submit my "Biobased Chemicals Feedstock" presentation for APIC this week not to mention several ongoing projects at Tecnon OrbiChem that is keeping me busy. There are three big news that I have to post separately but in the meantime here are this week's (or last week's) news roundup.

GranBio acquires API
Brazilian biotechnology company GranBio has completed the acquisition of a 25% equity stake in Atlanta, Georgia-based cellulosic sugar developer American Process Inc. (API). GranBio will have access to API's proprietary biomass pretreatment platform that reportedly can manufacture cost-economic cellulosic sugar as feedstock for biochemicals and biofuels.

SYNPOL bags waste-to-bioplastic fund
The SYNPOL consortium led by the Spanish Biological Research Centre and scientists from 8 European countries has secured EUR 7.5m in funding under the Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology theme of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to develop biopolymers such as polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) from different waste streams via pyrolytic syngas production and subsequent bacterial fermentation. The R&D activities will span from 2012 to 2016. Waste streams include municipal solid waste, agricultural residues, sewage sludge from water treatment plants.

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