Category: Top Stories

Landfill-to-Anything-Soon, Puleeze: in search of new energy, materials from waste

Landfill-to-Anything-Soon, Puleeze: in search of new energy, materials from waste

October 17, 2018 |

The names seem less settled than the markets or science: is it biogas, biomethane, renewable natural gas, or RNG? Whatever your preferred name, you don’t have to burn it to make it hot — methane of the kind generated from waste landfills and farm waste is on the march. And much of it propelled by […]

Read More

Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day – Can Pot Save Synthetic Biology From the Next Biotechnology Crater?

Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day – Can Pot Save Synthetic Biology From the Next Biotechnology Crater?

October 16, 2018 |

By Sam Nejame Special to The Digest This Wednesday, October 17th, is Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day. For the first time Canadians will be able to legally buy pot for recreational use countrywide. Edibles, which are harder to regulate, will come later. From a Synthetic Biology perspective, it’s the infused edibles and drinks that are most […]

Read More

Alt-Shift: as alternatives to alternatives, RNG and fuel cell tech markets come clearer, closer

Alt-Shift: as alternatives to alternatives, RNG and fuel cell tech markets come clearer, closer

October 15, 2018 |

In California, on the final day of California’s 2018 legislative session, a bill sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas that would pave the way for a state renewable natural gas procurement program was approved by the Legislature, passing 29-10 in its reconciliation in the Senate. It’s material progress in a key market for […]

Read More

Covestro covers it all – From $1.7B investment in MDI and first thermoplastic polyurethane based on CO2 technology to biobased aniline…

Covestro covers it all – From $1.7B investment in MDI and first thermoplastic polyurethane based on CO2 technology to biobased aniline…

October 13, 2018 |

Covestro, which you may know as the former Bayer MaterialsScience (part of Bayer Group’s chemicals and plastics unit) prior to 2015, is leading several innovations in the biobased sector with a flurry of announcements over the past week that is sure to impact the bioeconomy. Not only are they financially successful, achieving the best financial […]

Read More

The 40 Hottest Technologies of 2018 – as voting gets underway, the nominees in depth

The 40 Hottest Technologies of 2018 – as voting gets underway, the nominees in depth

October 11, 2018 |

All through this month, Digest subscribers have been voting on the 40 Hottest Transformative Technologies in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  While the Hot 50 concentrates on organizations — this set of rankings could include a complete process, a component, subprocess, a metabolic pathway, a computational system, a sensor, a control, a high-performing organism, a protective technology, […]

Read More

Dunkin’s coffee-waste powered house, infections nixed by bioactive surfaces, Novomont’s microbeads, plant/nanocellulose hybrid, hi-rez field imagery, rescued food: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 10th

Dunkin’s coffee-waste powered house, infections nixed by bioactive surfaces, Novomont’s microbeads, plant/nanocellulose hybrid, hi-rez field imagery, rescued food: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 10th

October 10, 2018 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of October 10th. #1 House runs on Dunkin’ – tiny home powered by Dunkin’ coffee grounds In New York, Ohio-based Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee at Home introduced a biofuel-powered home in New York City’s Madison Square […]

Read More

Novozymes’ Yeast Beast in New Release; Innova Lift’s Yield Revealed 

Novozymes’ Yeast Beast in New Release; Innova Lift’s Yield Revealed 

October 9, 2018 |

In North Carolina, Novozymes launched its next yeast technology, Innova Lift, for the starch-based ethanol industry. The product follows the launch earlier this year of its ambitious yeast platform, Innova, and the first product, Drive.  The Need to Knows • Lift is targeted to plants with longer fermentation times, generally 57 hours or more – […]

Read More

Of Flying Peaches and Barrels of Monkeys: The quest for sustainable flight by world-scaling a neurotransmitter

Of Flying Peaches and Barrels of Monkeys: The quest for sustainable flight by world-scaling a neurotransmitter

October 8, 2018 |

The fact that you are reading this makes the case for “reasons to love carbon monoxide”, because the molecule works as a neurotransmitter (conducting signals around the nerve system) and plays a role in keeping your heart beating. So, if we have a carbon monoxide problem it is the problem of having too much of […]

Read More

UPM’s good news bear brings completed EIA on Kotka Biorefinery and more

UPM’s good news bear brings completed EIA on Kotka Biorefinery and more

October 6, 2018 |

We all love positive news stories and when the good news bear arrives, we take notice. Good news makes your heart sing, your soul feel hopeful, and those good ole’ endorphins and dopamine receptors explode with glee. So to ward off the Monday blues, we bring you the ‘good news bear,’ brought to you by […]

Read More

Frances Arnold wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry: Gevo, Provivi co-founder honored for directed evolution technology

Frances Arnold wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry: Gevo, Provivi co-founder honored for directed evolution technology

October 4, 2018 |

In Sweden, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 with one half to Frances H. Arnold,  Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, at Caltech “for the directed evolution of enzymes” It’s essentially a technology originally known as the Staggered Extension Process, or StEP. It’s an iterative, molecular technique […]

Read More