May 15, 2013

Micromidas enters bio-PX research

OPX Biotechnologies and Evonik announced yesterday a development collaboration on bio-based specialty chemicals but unfortunately there is not much information given on the press release and so I am hoping to get something more soon.

In the meantime, California-based Micromidas Inc. recently announced that it has developed a chemocatalytic route to paraxylene from cellulosic biomass (e.g. post-consumer paper products, agricultural residues, wood waste, paper sludge) and ethylene. The blog first heard about the almost five-year old biotech start-up in late 2011 when Micromidas has partnered with Michigan Molecular Institute (MMI) through a $130,000 research funding to develop polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) polymers from municipal waste.

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