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Partnering for Growth returns to Iowa with big line-up of biotech biggies and early-stagers

Partnering for Growth returns to Iowa with big line-up of biotech biggies and early-stagers

February 20, 2018 |

In Iowa, the very best of the state-level biotech events, the Partnering For Growth Biotech Innovation Showcase and Forum, is returning March 20th-21st at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Presenting companies include 3Bar Biologics, Aker Technologies, Hurd Health Group, N-Sense, Nebullam, Ohana Vaccines, Plastomics, PowerPollen, SciBac, […]

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Carbon-negative fuels in the spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision make material progress

Carbon-negative fuels in the spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision make material progress

February 20, 2018 |

OK, you know the climate change drill. Burning liquid fuels releases CO2 and that leads to global warming. It’s one of the reasons that eco-warriors drive electric cars. But is that paradigm shifting? The biggest news along that front represents early-stage technology, but we read here that engineers at Ohio State announced that they’ve devised […]

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High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels

February 20, 2018 |

The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion modes, and capitalize on unique properties available from bio-blendstocks. Within that project is an emphasis on high-performance fuels, that has a goal to develop […]

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Second Front in the Yeast Wars: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering cellulosic tolerance in yeast

Second Front in the Yeast Wars: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering cellulosic tolerance in yeast

February 19, 2018 |

We’ve been covering some important movements in the design and performance of yeast in recent weeks, including the arrival of Novozymes’ Innova drive strains. Most of the activity has been focused on 1G ethanol fermentation. But it’s been known for a long time that engineering a high tolerance to combined feedstock + product toxicity removes […]

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Hot Spots Around the World: Who’s Adding What, Where in Biofuels

Hot Spots Around the World: Who’s Adding What, Where in Biofuels

February 19, 2018 |

South America In Brazil, ICM has completed startup and commissioning of the FS Bioenergia dry-mill corn ethanol plant. The plant is  a joint venture between U.S. – based Summit Agricultural Group and Fiagril Ltda of Brazil — and is Brazil’s first standalone  corn ethanol project. The ICM-designed ethanol plant is located in the middle of […]

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Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering thermophiles for syngas-to-fuels

Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering thermophiles for syngas-to-fuels

February 17, 2018 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a Kiverdi-led project to develop microbial biocatalysts to convert syngas into monoterpenes. Syngas feedstocks are relatively inexpensive and diverse, and thermophiles have several unique advantages; Meanwhile, end products have value as fuel and solvent applications among others. The diversity of feedstocks available to syngas processes (including waste) together […]

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Biotechnology Scale-up Hacks

Biotechnology Scale-up Hacks

February 15, 2018 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest Not enough time or money to scale-up following the traditional rules of advanced biotechnology (10:1 scale-up factor, 1,000 hours of integrated pilot/demo operation, etc)? Welcome to the reality of the biotechnology start-up world. The common question in that situation is: if I do not […]

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Big Algae chases Omega-3 dominance: DSM, Evonik underway on $200M algae project in Nebraska

Big Algae chases Omega-3 dominance: DSM, Evonik underway on $200M algae project in Nebraska

February 15, 2018 |

DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally been made from wild-caught fish oil. They’re calling it Veramaris — and they’re cutting out the middlefish, more or less, as Cellana CEO Martin […]

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Big Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Veramaris

Big Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Veramaris

February 15, 2018 |

DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally been made from wild-caught fish oil. They’re calling it Veramaris — and they’re cutting out the middlefish, more or less, as Cellana CEO Martin […]

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Vive le ROI: has Sylvatex uncovered a gold mine in renewable fuels?

Vive le ROI: has Sylvatex uncovered a gold mine in renewable fuels?

February 14, 2018 |

One of the purest, high-yield financial plays we have ever seen in the energy business is possibly emerging, one that could put fracking returns to shame. Vive le ROI. And Vive le IRR and DCF, while we’re at it. Catalyst for industry attention is the news that Sylvatex and Valicor inked a Joint Development Agreement […]

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