In Switzerland, INVISTA Technologies and Arzeda Corp. announced a collaboration for the development of new technologies to enable novel bio-derived processes. The initial focus of the collaboration will be on the production of bio-derived butadiene. The agreement brings together complementary technologies: INVISTA’s capabilities in biotechnology and catalysis, and knowledge of the chemicals industry; and Arzeda’s unique synthetic biology and enzyme design capabilities. The two companies are collaborating in order to further co-develop their technology platforms, with the goal to ultimately develop new bio-derived processes for a range of products. INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications.
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