Tag: COVID-19

Amyris sees promising results for intranasal RNA/NLC vaccine

Amyris sees promising results for intranasal RNA/NLC vaccine

August 22, 2021 |

In California, Amyris, Inc. achieved promising in-vivo results in a study of its licensed RNA vaccine through intranasal delivery, developed in collaboration with the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), which means an effective Covid-19 nose spray vaccine could become reality. In-vivo results indicate that, when delivered to the mucosal membranes via intranasal administration, the Amyris/IDRI […]

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Study finds market potential for industrial and fuel ethanol in India

Study finds market potential for industrial and fuel ethanol in India

August 8, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., conclusions of a new study commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council show growing ethanol use in India has been linked to increased demand for sanitation products during the COVID-19 pandemic, more ambitious blending targets – now 20 percent by 2023 – and interest from Indian companies in sustainability through bio-based products from […]

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EU biofuel imports seen falling 25% in 2021 as stocks weigh

EU biofuel imports seen falling 25% in 2021 as stocks weigh

July 12, 2021 |

In Belgium, Reuters reports that the European Union estimates significant biofuel stocks on hand as a result of the drop in transportation during the COVID-19 epidemic last year will reduce this year’s biofuel imports by as much as a quarter. With much of the region undergoing vaccination and a return to “normal” post-pandemic increasing travel, […]

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Amyris completes 1st major license for RNA COVID vaccine

Amyris completes 1st major license for RNA COVID vaccine

July 3, 2021 |

In California, Amyris, Inc. signed an exclusive license with Nant Africa, LLC relating to the development and use of the RNA COVID vaccine Amyris developed in coordination with the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI). Amyris’ partnership with Nant Africa is of significant value to Amyris as it provides the fastest path to market for the […]

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NEXT Renewable Fuels sees Oregon facility coming online in 2024

NEXT Renewable Fuels sees Oregon facility coming online in 2024

June 21, 2021 |

In Oregon, Columbia County Spotlight reports that following a leadership change and delays due to COVID-19, the planned NEXT Renewable Fuels facility near Clatskanie is expected to be operational in 2024, rather than in late 2021 or early 2022 as originally expected. The company is now under the leadership of a former board member who […]

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USDA announces additional $700M COVID-19 bailout for biofuel producers

USDA announces additional $700M COVID-19 bailout for biofuel producers

June 15, 2021 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the Pandemic […]

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Cristal Union’s ethanol losses completely offset by 10x increase in sales for disinfectants in 2020

Cristal Union’s ethanol losses completely offset by 10x increase in sales for disinfectants in 2020

June 10, 2021 |

In France, Reuters reports Cristal Union was able to completely offset the loss in demand for ethanol last year resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic by instead selling 500 million liters of ethanol to make disinfectants. Its sales to the disinfectant market rose 10-fold on the back of the demand for hand and other sanitizers. […]

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Malaysia postpones B20 in Sabah and the peninsula indefinitely

Malaysia postpones B20 in Sabah and the peninsula indefinitely

June 2, 2021 |

In Malaysia, The Edge Markets reports that the government has decided to delay yet again implementation of the B20 blending mandate in both Sabah and on the peninsula, this time without a new target date. The impacts of COVID-19 and the increase in cases was reported as the reason for the decision for further delays […]

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EPA seen keeping 2021 and 2022 RVOs steady with 2020

EPA seen keeping 2021 and 2022 RVOs steady with 2020

May 20, 2021 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that sources say that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to keep biofuel blending levels steady for 2021 and 2022 at similar levels as 2020, but the formal proposals are expected to come this summer. They should have already been proposed last year but were […]

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European crush margins turn negative despite prices at six-month highs

European crush margins turn negative despite prices at six-month highs

May 6, 2021 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that European crush margins have again slipped into the red as corn prices in Europe and internationally take a bullish turn as Brazilian and US supplies tighten and Ukrainian prices also strengthen. The negative margins are despite the fact that with European countries easing COVID-related travel restrictions in the near future, […]

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