Codexis zooms, Solazyme maintains lead in 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials voting

| June 20, 2011

Solazyme has maintained its lead in voting for the 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals, with Gevo and Amyris remaining close behind. Filling out the top 10 after voting in the past week are Genomatica, Dupont, Cargill, Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, Novozymes, Dow Chemical, and Codexis.

Among the big movers in this week’s voting – Codexis vaulted into the top 10 after a strong showing in Community voting, while Genomatica, DDCE, DSM, Virent, Cosan, UOP, LanzaTech and Elevance moved up in the voting.

In subscriber voting, OPX Biotechnologies, Verenium and BlueFire Renewables made the top 30 in subscriber voting but did not make the consolidated list. Conversely, Valero and Terrabon made the top 30 in Community voting, but missed out in the overall ranlings to date.

This week, voting will begin with the invited international selector panel, who will also control one-third of the overall votes in the annual rankings.

The rankings, which focus on the production of chemicals, organic acids, plastics, fragrances, food products and other materials form biomass, are based upon voting by Biofuels Digest subscribers, member of the Digest Online Community, and a panel of invited international selectors. Voting will conclude July 20, 1011, and the rankings will be published as part of the July 27 Biofuels Digest anniversary issue.

The Top 30 in initial voting are:

Solazyme
Amyris
Gevo
Genomatica
Dupont
Cargill
Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol
Novozymes
Dow Chemical
Codexis

Cobalt Technologies
ZeaChem
DSM
Genencor
LS9
Virent Energy Systems
POET
Waste Management
Coskata
Cosan

Honeywell’s UOP
Ceres
Chevron
Enerkem
KiOR
LanzaTech
Mascoma
Elevance
Joule
Petrobras

In voting, subscribers said that credibility (real and proven technology, vs claim and hype), was overwhelmingly the most important quality as they ranked companies. Uniqueness – (novel technologies, vs “me-too”) was the second most important factor, Allies – (all the right strategic partners, vs “go it alone”) was third, Scale (Big-Scale projects addressing urgent needs, vs small-scale “nice to have”) was fourth, and Visibility (widely known, vs unknown, technologies and players) was the least important criterion.



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