Category: Top Stories

Avantium completes “oversubscribed” €103M IPO: heads for first commercial

Avantium completes “oversubscribed” €103M IPO: heads for first commercial

March 15, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, Avantium completed its highly-anticipated initial public offering, raising $109.5M (€103M) via the sale of 9,401,793 shares at $11.70 (€11) per share, giving the company a market capitalization reaches of $294M (€277M). Trading will begin on March 15th 2017 on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Bruxelles under the symbol AVTX. The Company anticipates to […]

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The Wonder from Down Under, and Canada’ll fund ‘er: Canfor picks up $13M for Licella biofuels project

The Wonder from Down Under, and Canada’ll fund ‘er: Canfor picks up $13M for Licella biofuels project

March 14, 2017 |

In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, pledged  a $13M  non-repayable contribution through Sustainable Development Technology Canada that will enable Canfor to further develop and demonstrate Licella’s technology — it will take what is a currently a waste product from its production processes and develop it into a low-cost biofuels […]

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The Justice League of Pyromaniax

The Justice League of Pyromaniax

March 13, 2017 |

The High Lords of Pyrolysis travel under the unlikely cover identities of “George Huber” and “Robert Brown” — but we know them in their true superhero identities of “The Catalyst” and “The Godfatha”. Of late, they have assembled what might be best described as the Justice League of Pyromaniax — although the various superheroes prefer […]

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Barbarians at the Plate: Can the new techs crash through in nutrition?

Barbarians at the Plate: Can the new techs crash through in nutrition?

March 12, 2017 |

“One thought only preoccupies the submerged mind of Empire: how not to end, how not to die, how to prolong its era. By day it pursues its enemies. It is cunning and ruthless, it sends its bloodhounds everywhere. By night it feeds on images of disaster: the sack of cities, the rape of populations, pyramids […]

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The Unbearable Lightness of Innovation

The Unbearable Lightness of Innovation

March 9, 2017 |

A few days ago, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) wrapped up, and I am reviewing the notes about so many companies in Stealth Mode, that you’d think it was a place, like Silicon Valley or Times Square. Stealth Mode. It’s so fashionable, it ought to be worn on the runways this spring by the […]

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Express Yourself: The coming revolution in crop yields via epigenetics

Express Yourself: The coming revolution in crop yields via epigenetics

March 8, 2017 |

In Florida, spring is arriving, and with it our next-door neighbors have finally convinced their youngest son not to emit a blood-curdling rebel yell whenever frustrated; the decibel level in our building has dropped considerably, and therein lies a tale of changing behaviour without changing genetics, and in the world of plants this is becoming […]

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Nanocellulose for tires: something new in performance and sustainability

Nanocellulose for tires: something new in performance and sustainability

March 7, 2017 |

In Georgia, American Process and Birla Carbon have signed a Joint Development Agreement to further explore the technical and business potential of combining carbon black and nanocellulose to improve the performance and sustainability profile of tires. The Carbon black backstory Carbon black is a solid paracrystilline carbon leftover (generally from oil refining) which has , […]

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Amyris and the Great Rate Debate

Amyris and the Great Rate Debate

March 6, 2017 |

The full-year and Q4 2016 results are in for Amyris, and there’s reason for the Hot 50 selectors, who lifted Amyris to #2 in the world this year, to cheer loudly. Revenues doubled during 2016. The production cost plunged to as low as $1.75 per liter for farnesene. There are 14 major collaborations underway which […]

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11 companies advance in Maine’s Born Global Challenge

11 companies advance in Maine’s Born Global Challenge

March 5, 2017 |

At ABLC 2017, Maine’s Born Global Challenge named Core Biofuels, DMC, CRI, D4 Energy Group, Concord Blue, Ark Power Dynamics, NuFuels, Visolis, Phytonix, Renmatix and Sweetwater Energy as the first set of prequalified companies — a second round of companies will be announced after the Statements of Concept and Cooperation have been executed.    

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Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2017 – Day 2

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2017 – Day 2

March 5, 2017 |

By Helena Tavares Kennedy Special to The Digest In Washington, ABLC 2017 continued the fascinating conversations, positive projections, and big announcements at the Mayflower Hotel on Day 2. Speakers built on yesterday’s talk of disruptive technologies and domestic policy uncertainty while adding talk of marathons and partnerships. First, ABLC guests heard Governor Paul LePage from […]

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