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Protein, pathway design: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda

Protein, pathway design: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda

May 22, 2017 |

Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell factories capable of industry-scale chemical production. CEO Alex Zanghellini gave this illuminating overview of Arzeda’s breakthrough technology at ABLC 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Livin’ La Vida Octane: The quest for torque and affordable, sustainable vroom

Livin’ La Vida Octane: The quest for torque and affordable, sustainable vroom

May 22, 2017 |

Most gearheads with a passion for awesome cars will make at least one pilgrimage to the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Among it’s many charms, it’s Hot Rod heaven and speed demon dreamland, and the faithful make the Hajj. But the real Mecca of the Muscle Car, where the Rajas of […]

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Scale-up, efficiency, available markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber

Scale-up, efficiency, available markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber

May 21, 2017 |

BioAmber reported an unsurprisingly lackluster sales figure and a Q1 loss of $10.5M compared to a loss of $8.1M for Q1 2016 – unsurprising given the delays at major customer PTT. We covered the fortunatelys and unfortunatelys of this intriguing storyline here. But even better, EVP Mike Hartmann gave this illuminating overview of the technology,m markets […]

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T Minus 90. Amyris’ next 90 days will say much, and may say all

T Minus 90. Amyris’ next 90 days will say much, and may say all

May 21, 2017 |

Moving fast, but will escape velocity be reached? Amyris reports 164% product revenue jump — yet questions linger. In California, Amyris reported Q1 revenues of $13.0M compared with $8.8M for Q1 2016, and touted the “significant increase in product sales, primarily in the personal care and health and nutrition markets, offset by a slight decline […]

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EPA OKs on-demand, sustainable pheromone biopesticide from Semios

EPA OKs on-demand, sustainable pheromone biopesticide from Semios

May 21, 2017 |

In Canada, Semios received Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Pest Regulation approval for CRS Plus, an aerosol pheromone biopesticide product that disrupts the mating of Aonidiella aurantii, also known as California Red Scale. The Semios CRS Plus solution is delivered via our internet-of-things (IoT) platform as variable rate mating disruption. In other words, we […]

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Evogene reports declining revenue as focus shifts from gene discovery to pre-development

Evogene reports declining revenue as focus shifts from gene discovery to pre-development

May 21, 2017 |

In Israel, Evogene reported $83.4 million in cash, short-term bank deposits and marketable securities, as compared to $88.2 million at December 31, 2016 and reported revenues for the first quarter of 2017 of $0.7 million, compared to $2.0 million for the first quarter of 2016.  The net loss for the first quarter of 2017 was […]

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Green Plains completes $36M Cargill Feed Yard acquisition

Green Plains completes $36M Cargill Feed Yard acquisition

May 21, 2017 |

In Nebraska, the Green Plains Cattle Company completed the previously announced acquisition of two cattle feed yards from Cargill for approximately $36.7 million, excluding working capital. The transaction includes feed yards located in Leoti, Kan. and Yuma, Colo., adding capacity of 155,000 head to the company’s operations, and positions Green Plains Cattle Company as the […]

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Novozymes undertakes $36M expansion in Blair, Nebraska 

Novozymes undertakes $36M expansion in Blair, Nebraska 

May 21, 2017 |

In Nebraska, Novozymes announced a $36M expansion of its enzyme manufacturing plant in Blair, Nebraska – an investment to increase capacity for the production of enzymes for biofuels in the US and globally. At the same time, we are also celebrating five years of successful operation in the state thanks to strong partnerships with local, […]

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EPA can improve its implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 6 ways: BIO

EPA can improve its implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 6 ways: BIO

May 21, 2017 |

In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization called on the US EPA to “improve its implementation of RFS,” and noted six key improvements. issue its annual Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the RFS on time; interpret its general waiver authority as it did before 2013; make process improvements for RFS pathway approvals – not only to […]

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“Rapeseed the Power Plant”, says UFOP

“Rapeseed the Power Plant”, says UFOP

May 21, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP said EU power plants should consider using more rapeseed oil as an energy source. “The rapeseed plants are real power plants,” the organization said, “From just two to three kilogrammes of seed sown per hectare, around 3,800 kilogrammes of rapeseed is produced at harvest just eleven months later. This yields 1,600 litres […]

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