The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of July 5th

July 4, 2018 |

#2 New, cheaper route to P3HB identified

In Colorado, chemists at Colorado State University have chemically synthesized bacterial poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) from biobased succinate—a route that could be cheaper than fermentation-based synthesis of P3HB. Usually produced by bacteria or other microorganisms, P3HB’s high production costs limit its use in many commodity applications. A new route would open up larger-scale applications.

The team was led by Xiaoyan Tang. A provisional patent application through CSU Ventures has been submitted.

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