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BacTech consolidates issued and outstanding shares

In Canada, the Canadian Securities Exchange reported that BacTech Environmental Corporation has announced its intention to consolidate its issued and outstanding share capital on the basis of five current shares for one new share. Any resulting fractional share entitlement remaining after conversion that is less than one-half of a post-consolidation share will be cancelled and […]

July 23, 2014 More

Evogene and Marrone Bio Innovations Sign Multi-Year Collaborative Agreement

In Israel and California, Evogene Ltd. and Marrone Bio Innovations announced the signing of a multiyear collaborative agreement targeting the joint discovery of novel modes of biological action for insect control, followed by the development and commercialization of new insect control products by each of the companies. The partnership will leverage MBI’s expertise in microbial-based […]

July 23, 2014 More

BioNitrogen Receives Incentives Approvals From Taylor County for up to $220 Million in Investments for the Taylor County Plant

In Florida, BioNitrogen Holdings announced that it has approvals from the Taylor County Commission, the Perry City Council and the Taylor County Development Authority for an incentives package of up to $220 million in capital investment for a plant in Taylor County, Florida. “These inducements from Taylor County are critically important factors in our decision […]

July 23, 2014 More

BYLOX bioadditive receives USDA Biobased Product Certification

In New York, Genarex announced that the USDA has approved BYLOX Concentrated Additive from Genarex as a USDA Certified Biobased Product. USDA test results indicate that BYLOX has a biobased content of at least 98%. BYLOX offers significant performance and processability advantages other bioadditives don’t, including selective processing temperature design, a thermal processing window that can […]

July 23, 2014 More

Florida Institute funds Orlando-based US Bioplastics

In Florida, the Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research announced that it has finalized a funding agreement with US Bioplastics, an Orlando-based company that takes feedstock waste, paper production by-products, or other plant waste to practical use and then returns it to the environment without damaging the ecology. US Bioplastics’ flagship product Gatoresin, based on […]

July 23, 2014 More

Report shows biotech crop varieties continue to be preferred by U.S. farmers

In Washington, BIO commented on the USDA’s Economic Research Service Report, Genetically engineered varieties of corn, upland cotton, and soybeans, by State and for the Unites States, 2000-14. Key findings for 2014 included 94% of all soybeans grown in the U.S., 93% of all corn, and 96% of all cotton are genetically engineered. Dr. Cathleen Enright, Executive […]

July 23, 2014 More

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Canada’s Governments boost competitiveness in the bioproducts sector

In Canada, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn, announced a combined federal-provincial investment of over $1.9 million to the Composites Innovation Centre to support FibreCITY, North America’s first agriculture fibre grading centre of excellence program. The CIC will receive up to $715,000, provided under Agriculture Canada’s Growing Forward […]

July 23, 2014 More

Global Bioenergies delivers isobutene fermentation pilot in Pomacle

In France, Global Bioenergies announced the delivery in Pomacle of the isobutene fermentation unit and its associated devices.  The elements were first assembled at the manufacturer in order to run stress tests, which took place without incident early in July. The unit was then dismantled and conveyed to the Pomacle site, where it has been […]

July 23, 2014 More

BioAmber announces public offering of common stock

In Minnesota, BioAmber announced that it has commenced a public offering of 2,800,000 shares of its common stock. The underwriters will have a 30-day option from the date of the offering to purchase up to an additional 420,000 shares of common stock from BioAmber. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Canaccord Genuity Inc. are acting […]

July 16, 2014 More

Kraig Biocraft announces USPTO has registered its Monster Silk Trademark

In Michigan, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the developer of advanced spider silk based fibers, announces today that “Monster Silk” is now a registered trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Monster Silk, a genetically engineered spider silk fiber, is in the early stages of commercialization. In addition to Monster Silk, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office […]

July 16, 2014 More

EcoPesticides signs licensing agreement with STC.UNM for microbial pesticide technology

In New Mexico, EcoPesticides International has signed a licensing agreement for a novel “green” microbial-based pesticide technology with STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology transfer and economic development organization. The exclusive licensing agreement encompasses global rights to patent-pending technology that addresses the performance challenges that microbial pesticides face in field applications. This formulation and delivery […]

July 16, 2014 More

UPM to become exclusive distributor of Domtar’s BioChoice lignin in Europe

In Canada, Domtar and UPM announced that the companies have entered into an agreement for UPM to become the exclusive distributor of Domtar’s BioChoice lignin in Europe. BioChoice lignin is produced at Domtar’s biorefinery in Plymouth, N.C. A by-product of the kraft pulping process, BioChoice is a 100% bio-based sustainable alternative to fossil-based products, and also […]

July 16, 2014 More

New International Council of Biotech Associations formed

In Washington, BIO reported that an international confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced today the ratification of bylaws creating the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), with the expressed purpose of advocating for public policies that support the growth of the innovative biotechnology industry worldwide. Jim Greenwood, BIO’s President and Chief Executive Officer, was elected ICBA Chairman, […]

July 16, 2014 More

Benson Hill and CTC establish partnership in sugarcane to increase yield

In Missouri and Brazil, Benson Hill Biosystems, an agricultural biotechnology company, and Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira, a market leader in Brazilian sugarcane, announced the establishment of a partnership to develop and commercialize traits to increase sugarcane crop yield. The partnership will involve translation of Benson Hill’s technology from its Setaria viridis model plant platform to CTC’s […]

July 16, 2014 More

CO2 Solutions and Neumann Systems achieve breakthrough carbon capture results

In Canada, CO2 Solutions and Neumann Systems Group provided an update on technical progress towards establishing a commercial ultra-low cost CO2 capture and reuse solution. In more recent tests, the enzyme-based solvent operating in the NeuStream system achieved CO2 capture efficiency comparable to some of the better amines. This kinetic performance when combined with the energy-efficient […]

July 16, 2014 More