Amyris starts commissioning of new fermentation capacity in Barra Bonita, Brazil

April 15, 2022 |

In California, Amyris has started the commissioning of its new fermentation plant in Barra Bonita, Brazil. The greenfield site at Barra Bonita is a strategic investment with which Amyris leads the biotechnology sector with manufacturing at industrial scale. The new plant is strategically located next to the Raizen sugar mill, which is the world’s second largest of its kind, ensuring continuity of supply and favorable feedstock economics. The site consists of five fermentation “mini-factories” capable of concurrently producing our more than 13 currently scaled and future bio-fermented products. The site has ample space and infrastructure for future expansion.

There is strong consumer demand for bio-based products. A real shift is occurring across multiple end-markets, including food and personal care. Amyris noted that “Biotechnology has seen significant investment over the past years. However, the majority of the funding has been applied toward the front of the funnel; gene discovery, genetic pathway modeling and microbe engineering. Little investment has been seen downstream in fermentation process development, scale up and fermentation at scale. The lack of scaled precision fermentation expertise and capacity, and thus the ability to manufacture cost effectively at scale is an impediment to biotechnology making a commercial impact.”

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