Category: Top Stories

Heard on the Floor at the Bio World Congress: The Top Storylines from Day 2

Heard on the Floor at the Bio World Congress: The Top Storylines from Day 2

July 25, 2017 |

Industrial biotech’s biggest and grandest show, the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, continued today in Montreal and there was a Capital W in World today on the main stage. The opening plenary featured India’s Praj, Sweden’s SEKAB, Canada’s Air Canada, France’s Global Bioenergies, and more Queenslanders on and around the stage than you’ll see at […]

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Top 10 Storylines: Heard on the Floor at the 2017 BIO World Congress

Top 10 Storylines: Heard on the Floor at the 2017 BIO World Congress

July 24, 2017 |

Industrial biotech’s biggest and grandest show, the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, opened today in Montreal and BIO itself was in the newsframe with a striking report debunking myths around RIN price surges. 10 Hot Newstories from the World Congress Floor 1. Going commercial. Verdezyne has started construction of its first commercial, in Malaysia completion […]

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Arzeda Pumps It Up with Big Series A Funding

Arzeda Pumps It Up with Big Series A Funding

July 22, 2017 |

In Washington, Arzeda raised $12 million in a Series A round of funding, moving it forward on scaling up of their advanced protein design technology that is used for production of a range of chemicals and materials. The funding came from OS Fund, Bioeconomy Capital, Sustainable Conversion Ventures, and WRF Capital and will help beef […]

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IPO market re-opens, sort of, as Calyxt raises $56M in NASDAQ offering

IPO market re-opens, sort of, as Calyxt raises $56M in NASDAQ offering

July 20, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Calyxt, the gene editing agriculture company, raised $56M and priced its NASDAQ initial public offering of 7 million shares at $8.00. The number of shares in the offering was sweetened to 7 million this week, from the original estimate of 6.06 million — and the price was substantially lower than the expected $15.00-$18.00 […]

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The Greenest Skies You’ve Ever Seen are in Seattle: Sea-Tac Airport leads on financing strategy for sustainable aviation fuels

The Greenest Skies You’ve Ever Seen are in Seattle: Sea-Tac Airport leads on financing strategy for sustainable aviation fuels

July 19, 2017 |

In Washington state, Carbon War Room and SkyNRG have joined with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with sustainable aviation biofuels. The report, titled Innovative Funding for Sustainable Aviation Fuel at U.S. Airports: Explored at Seattle-Tacoma International, reveals the financial […]

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Heat Death: Joule Unlimited collapses as oil prices flag, time passes, pressure mounts

Heat Death: Joule Unlimited collapses as oil prices flag, time passes, pressure mounts

July 18, 2017 |

One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had a lot of prospects last year,” former CEO Brian Baynes told The Digest, “but those new investor prospects walked away, particularly post election. The insiders would have been happy to […]

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In search of next-gen bioproducts and fuels, DOE invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

In search of next-gen bioproducts and fuels, DOE invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

July 17, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. The following centers were selected based on an open competition using outside peer […]

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Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?

July 16, 2017 |

After winning a small victory over the Germans during World War II, Winston Churchill said “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Today, Biofuels Digest asks is this the end of jatropha? Or is it just the beginning? […]

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Calyxt files for $109M IPO: The Digest’s 5-Minute Version

Calyxt files for $109M IPO: The Digest’s 5-Minute Version

July 13, 2017 |

A technology unlocking value in agriculture through accelerated breeding comes to the public markets. No time to read the 101,000 words on the complete IPO filing? Here’s our 5-minute version, with a translation of the risks into English. In Minnesota, Calyxt has filed an S-1 registration statement for a proposed $109 million initial public offering.  The […]

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Energy Department to industry: Here’s $8M, now (puleez!) innovate down the cost of algae

Energy Department to industry: Here’s $8M, now (puleez!) innovate down the cost of algae

July 12, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy, through the Bioenergy Technologies Office, announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. These projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms and cultures. They will also […]

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