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SEC charges KiOR successor and former CEO with “failure to disclose” on yields; settlement looms

SEC charges KiOR successor and former CEO with “failure to disclose” on yields; settlement looms

September 28, 2016 |

In Washington, the US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Texas-based Mard, Inc., formerly known as KiOR, Inc., and its former CEO and President Fred Cannon for “failing to disclose important assumptions about the yield that KiOR had claimed to have achieved through the company’s proprietary process of converting wood and other biomass into crude […]

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Industrial biotech employment to triple to 1.5 million in the EU by 2030: new report

Industrial biotech employment to triple to 1.5 million in the EU by 2030: new report

September 28, 2016 |

In Brussels, EuropaBio released a report concluding that Industrial Biotech contributes over €30 billion to the EU economy and around 500 000 jobs. The new study was launched in the European Parliament as part of a series of activities across Europe celebrating European Biotech Week. The Report’s employment data The report found that the core […]

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Unilever, UPM

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Unilever, UPM

September 28, 2016 |

This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this slide deck, we looked at Unilever and UPM and their direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded and unknown.

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 1.09 percent to 56.66 as ethanol and chemical equities surge

Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 1.09 percent to 56.66 as ethanol and chemical equities surge

September 28, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 1.09 percent to 56.66 as ethanol and chemical equities vaulted. For the day, Biox (BX.T) dumped 6.67 percent to $0.56, while Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) gained 4.29 percent to $6.80. Among other equities, Amyris (AMRS) jumped 7.11 percent to $0.53. Overall, advances led […]

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Isobutanol:  A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants

Isobutanol:  A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants

September 27, 2016 |

By Jess Hewitt and Kapil S Lokare, Lee Enterprises Consulting Rapid depletion and environmental aspects of fossil fuels, coupled with highly volatile market prices have made the quest for alternative fuels a top-priority. Over the past two decades, several alternatives to liquid fuels have been investigated, which have the potential either to completely replace the […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index regains 0.18 percent to 56.05 as advanced bio gains

Digest Bioeconomy Index regains 0.18 percent to 56.05 as advanced bio gains

September 27, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, regained 0.18 percent to 56.05 as advanced bio gained. For the day, Novozymes (NZMB) lost 2.57 percent to $42.84, while Global Bioenergies (ALGBE.PA) was up 3.75 percent to $26.82. Among other equities, Aemetis (AMTX) shed 3.82 percent to $1.26. Overall, declines and advances […]

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Tesoro, Toyota

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Tesoro, Toyota

September 27, 2016 |

This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this slide deck, we looked at Tesoro and Toyota and their direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded and unknown.

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Chevron’s forgotten biofuels wonder-tech gets a second life at Iowa State

Chevron’s forgotten biofuels wonder-tech gets a second life at Iowa State

September 27, 2016 |

You may recall that The Bloomberg investigative team of Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman in 2013 published an expose on Chevron claiming that the company had developed — then buried — a Catchlight Energy project that could profitably make renewable gasoline at $2.18 per gallon? Originally the venture was intended to build 17 plants by […]

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Value-Add(itive): The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the Lanxess-Chemtura merger

Value-Add(itive): The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the Lanxess-Chemtura merger

September 26, 2016 |

In Germany, we reported today that Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, for $2.69B, a 18.9% premium to the stock’s current share price. What does it mean for Lanxess and for Chemtura? The companies offered this illuminative presentation deck on […]

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 Why High Uptime for Your Laboratory Instruments is Critical to Your Bioethanol Plant’s Profitability 

 Why High Uptime for Your Laboratory Instruments is Critical to Your Bioethanol Plant’s Profitability 

September 26, 2016 |

By Mark Janeczko, Energy and Chemicals Marketing Manager, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.  Special to The Digest The Future of Renewable Fuels  Whatever your thoughts regarding the future of the world’s energy supply, it is clear biofuel production and its clean implications are here to stay. On the federal level, The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program was […]

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