Background: This is a second round, International Regional match-up between #1 seed ZeaChem and #9 seed DSM, 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 Sweet Sixteen (round of 16), and a shot at the Biofuels Elite Eight.
The loser: Goes home.
Laurels: Amyris is the #1 ranked company in the 2010-11 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy poll. DSM is currently ranked #20 in the 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals.
The match-up: Amyris took 67 percent of the votes in its first round battle with HCL Clean Tech. DSM prevailed over Neste Oil by 56-44.
Amyris has developed genetic engineering technologies that enable modification of the way microbes process (i.e., metabolize) sugar. By controlling these metabolic pathways, Amyris is able to design microbes, primarily yeast, to be tiny living factories that convert plant-sourced sugars from crops such as sugarcane or sweet sorghum into target molecules. Using its industrial synthetic biology platform, Amyris develops yeast strains designed to produce a broad range of molecules. The first molecule that Amyris is focusing on is Biofene, Amyris-brand farnesene, a hydrocarbon building block that can replace petrochemicals in a wide variety of products in the cosmetics, flavors and fragrances, consumer product, polymers, lubricants and fuel markets.
DSM has: Enzymes trace element preparations and process optimization service for biogas (DSM Biogas Services); also, enzymes, advanced ethanol yeast and advanced processing technologies for cellulosic ethanol via a localized, on-site production business model (DSM White Biotechnology – Bio-Conversion Solutions).
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