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Biobased Upstream: A Yield revolution that anyone can Join

Biobased Upstream: A Yield revolution that anyone can Join

December 8, 2016 |

Beck’s joins the Benson Hill Biosystems genetics ecosystem In Missouri, more signs of the democratization of crop genetics arrives with news major seed retailer Beck’s will leverage CropOS, Benson Hill’s cognitive platform, to accelerate and enhance their corn breeding program. The Beck’s’ backstory Beck’s is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in […]

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We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

December 8, 2016 |

Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They have developed an industrial scale yeast biocatalyst to produce isobutanol without typical byproducts operating at parameters equivalent to commercial ethanol producers. The second piece […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index jumps 1.18 percent to 58.39 as chemicals surge

Digest Bioeconomy Index jumps 1.18 percent to 58.39 as chemicals surge

December 7, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, jumped 1.18 percent to 58.39 as chemicals surged. For the day, TerraVia (TVIA) rebounded 12.00 percent to $1.40, while Biox (BX.T) dumped 10.53 percent to $0.85. Among other stocks, Renewable Energy Group (REGI) rallied 4.06 percent to $10.25. Overall, advances led declines by […]

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Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016

December 7, 2016 |

By Dr. Bernard Cooker, Chemical Processing Solutions Special to The Digest This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) from 1/1/16 to 10/31/16, including activity in bioplastics, biopolymers and biochemicals. It is based on a spreadsheet […]

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The Emerging Bioeconomy Ecosystems

The Emerging Bioeconomy Ecosystems

December 7, 2016 |

In political circles, the theme of “Better Together” has been under siege of late — barely winning (for now) in the Sctoland independence, debate, and losing unexpectedly in the Brexit vote — but it remains a theme for surviving and thriving in the advanced bioeconomy. We tipped it a few months ago, in “The Rise […]

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The emerging synthetic biology ecosystem: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks

The emerging synthetic biology ecosystem: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks

December 7, 2016 |

Recently, Ginkgo BioWorks announced the launch of their next generation foundry, Bioworks2. With 125,000 square feet and an 6X expected increase in capacity compatred to BioWorks 1, Bioworks2 represents a step change in what is possible for organism design. The company, which has raised a monstrous amount of money in the past 18 months, is strategically focused […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index jumps 1.32 percent to 57.71 as advanced bio equities rally

Digest Bioeconomy Index jumps 1.32 percent to 57.71 as advanced bio equities rally

December 6, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, jumped 1.32 percent to 57.71 as advanced bio equities rallied. For the day, Green Plains Partners (GPP) surged 5.32 percent to $18.90, while Biox (BX.T) soared 26.67 percent to $0.95. Among other stocks,Novozymes (NZMB) shed 1.31 percent to $32.48. Overall, advances led declines […]

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6 Hottie Trends to Watch In Bioeconomy Feedstocks

6 Hottie Trends to Watch In Bioeconomy Feedstocks

December 6, 2016 |

Fair to say that, hands-down, the most interesting bioconversion engines ever assembled were crowd-sourced, if you will, via evolution — and they reside inside plants (aquatic and terrestrial). There appears to be no end to the metabolic pathways they contain. And, despite millions of years of frenetic evolution, as Sinatra sang it in 1964 with […]

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Pest Be-Gone: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Crop Enhancement

Pest Be-Gone: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Crop Enhancement

December 6, 2016 |

Founded by Dr. David Soane, a renowned serial entrepreneur and inventor in the field of materials science and surface chemistry, Crop Enhancement is developing formulations that employ advanced and environmentally friendly chemistry to eliminate or minimize pesticide use. Their “innovative platforms also enable precise and effective delivery of active agrochemicals.” CEO Kevin Chen gave this overview […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index edges up 0.44 percent to 56.96 as ethanol equities gain

Digest Bioeconomy Index edges up 0.44 percent to 56.96 as ethanol equities gain

December 5, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, edged up 0.44 percent to 56.96 as ethanol equities gained. For the day, Aemetis (AMTX) jumped 4.35 percent to $1.68, while Biox (BX.T) gained 7.14 percent to $0.75. Among other stocks, Amyris (AMRS) fell 4.03 percent to $0.81. Overall, advances led declines by […]

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