Background: This is a first round, West Regional match-up between #8 seed Genomatica and #9 seed Fulcrum Bioenergy in the 2011 Transformative Technologies tourney, from Biofuels Digest.
Voting: Open to all Biofuels Digest subscribers. Voting links are in the Biofuels Digest daily newsletter. To subscribe (free), visit here.
The winner gets: Most votes advances to the second-round (round of 32), and a shot at the Biofuels Sweet Sixteen.
The loser: Goes home.
Laurels: Genomatica is the #1 ranked company in the 2011-12 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals poll. Fulcrum is currently #45 in the 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy.
The match-up: Fulcrum’s unique waste-to-energy fuels technology has won many admirers, and it is aiming to commercialize with a plant in Nevada as soon as it completes financing. It landed a DOE loan guarantee term sheet which it is seeking to close on by September. Genomatica is a chemicals-centric company with a startlingly interesting fermentation platform, using advanced synthetic biology, and it also fast tracking towards a demonstration of its technology at scale, and a first commercial plant.