Category: Top Stories

COSIA NRG Carbon XPRIZE: tech innovators stalk a stealthy WMD

COSIA NRG Carbon XPRIZE: tech innovators stalk a stealthy WMD

April 24, 2017 |

You may be familiar with the story-telling factoid couplets of the Harper’s Index, and here’s an interesting set in that magazine’s iconic style Concentration of sarin (nerve gas) required for fatal human toxicity: 0.0028% Concentration of deadly chemicals in the earth’s lower atmosphere if all the world’s stockpile of chemical weapons were simultaneously released: 0.0000000000013240774% […]

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Virent Aspirant: a new CEO, and revving towards commercialization

Virent Aspirant: a new CEO, and revving towards commercialization

April 20, 2017 |

From Wisconsin we have huge news from Virent, which has appointed one of Shell New Energies’ gurus, Stacey Orlandi, as Virent CEO, succeeding Lee Edwards who is headed into retirement after a distinguished 8-year run. Most recently, Orlandi was Shell’s VP, Technology for Novel Processes and New Energies. Orlandi’s mission? To commercialize Virent’s technology for the large scale […]

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TerraVia in the Wilderness Years

TerraVia in the Wilderness Years

April 19, 2017 |

Over at our sister publication Nuu, we reported this week that TerraVia got a “generally recognized as safe” OK from the FDA for its long-awaited algae butter. It’s a palm-free, non-hydrogenated, vegan solution for bakery, spreads and confectionery applications. Algae Butter will be produced by the TerraVia and Bunge joint venture, SB Oils, and marketed […]

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Here comes BioChina: Amyris, others bypass the 4 Myths of Business in the Middle Kingdom

Here comes BioChina: Amyris, others bypass the 4 Myths of Business in the Middle Kingdom

April 18, 2017 |

From California arrives the very interesting news that Amyris has entered into an agreement with Blue California whereby its affiliates will provide access to its fermentation manufacturing in China and provide the necessary capital to produce No Compromise ingredients for Amyris.  Turns out that China sales have been doubling. Blue California might seem an unlikely […]

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Industrial Biotech’s Billion Dollar Quarter: ventures raise $1.1B in Q1 from seed to commercial-scale

Industrial Biotech’s Billion Dollar Quarter: ventures raise $1.1B in Q1 from seed to commercial-scale

April 17, 2017 |

In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that the industrial biotechnology sector raised $1.128B in new capital in the first quarter of 2017, excluding debt and sovereign investments as well as M&A activity (but including expansion investment). Our complete recap by company is here. It’s the first quarter the Digest has reported with more than $1B in […]

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The 11 Hottest Issues in the Biobased World, Your Picks, Top Experts, On-Demand

The 11 Hottest Issues in the Biobased World, Your Picks, Top Experts, On-Demand

April 16, 2017 |

Several weeks ago, Digest readers around the world selected the hottest topics on the sector’s agenda — we organized speakers to those selected topics under the March Madness webinar brand, and we are now halfway through that series. In all, we have assembled more than 300 slides and 10 hours of commentary and insight from […]

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The Shortest Keynote Never Given: Partnership, collaboration and work in the 2030s and beyond

The Shortest Keynote Never Given: Partnership, collaboration and work in the 2030s and beyond

April 13, 2017 |

A few weeks ago, some friends invited me to give a keynote address at a meeting they were planning, one that would focus around the future of partnership and collaboration in the Advanced Bioeconomy. I was glad to accept, and to take some time to think about how collaboration will change and how technology will […]

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The Graze Craze: Amfora raises $5M in Series A, aims for forage yield bonanza

The Graze Craze: Amfora raises $5M in Series A, aims for forage yield bonanza

April 13, 2017 |

Biotech company will use the funding to accelerate the development of crops for improved human and animal nutrition In California, Amfora closed its Series A financing. San Francisco-based Spruce Capital, co-manager of the MLS Fund II, led the round, which included participation CSIRO, the Australian-based national science agency. In conjunction with its investment in Amfora, […]

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Agrisoma raises $15.M in Series B: grower-ready and ready for growth

Agrisoma raises $15.M in Series B: grower-ready and ready for growth

April 12, 2017 |

In Canada, Agrisoma Biosciences closed its $15.4 MM Series B financing round, co-led by new investor Groupe Lune Rouge and current investors Cycle Capital Management, and BDC Venture Capital. This Series B round is used to support the global expansion of Agrisoma’s business. The company raised $8 million in its Series A investment round in […]

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Biotechnology: disrupting the Global Asset Classes of National Security

Biotechnology: disrupting the Global Asset Classes of National Security

April 11, 2017 |

There’s big, positive news for the advanced bioeconomy this week. A new study, appearing in the peer-reviewed PEERJ, demonstrates for the first time that a particular single cell protein could replace wild-caught fish and agricultural crops as a key ingredient in aquaculture feeds, potentially providing a lower cost and sustainable alternative protein source. The study looked […]

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