Tag: fermentation

Advanced BioCatalytics gets EPA Safer Choice Approval for “fermactants”

Advanced BioCatalytics gets EPA Safer Choice Approval for “fermactants”

August 2, 2020 |

In California, Advanced BioCatalytics’s Glucospike, one of their “Fermactants” products made entirely from microbiology-based surface-active agents (based on fermentation of microorganisms), has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice Program. This technology is an alternative to using petrochemicals based on non-sustainable fossil fuels, or plant-based chemistry, which has contributed to de-forestation and has […]

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BASF and Isobionics launch corn-based alternative to sandalwood oil

BASF and Isobionics launch corn-based alternative to sandalwood oil

July 19, 2020 |

In Germany, BASF Nutrition & Health and Isobionics are launching their first joint product, a new fragrance in BASF’s portfolio. The starting material for the fermentation process is corn starch obtained from corn grown in Europe. Thanks to its woody odor profile, the new fragrance in BASF’s portfolio is a convincing alternative to sandalwood oil. […]

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Greening your beer with brewery’s CO2 eating algae, blockchain tracing, converting brewery waste into detergents and more

Greening your beer with brewery’s CO2 eating algae, blockchain tracing, converting brewery waste into detergents and more

July 5, 2020 |

As alcohol consumption keeps rising – thanks in part due to 4th of July celebrations, Covid-19 and quarantines, a struggling economy, and the start of summer for many countries – how do we compensate for the brewing process carbon footprint? One way is to just drink enough alcohol that you end up not caring. But […]

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5 Lessons Learned on Controlling Fermentation Facility Capital Costs

5 Lessons Learned on Controlling Fermentation Facility Capital Costs

March 9, 2020 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest Biotechnology funding is surging and contract fermentation options remain limited, so companies seeking to commercialize advanced biotechnologies are again evaluating options to build required production capacity.  While the “build” approach comes with many benefits, capital costs and requisite funding required to build a […]

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Genomatica hits huge milestone, produces world’s 1st ton of renewable nylon intermediate

Genomatica hits huge milestone, produces world’s 1st ton of renewable nylon intermediate

February 1, 2020 |

In California arrives the news that 80 years after nylon’s first commercial production, Genomatica achieved a new milestone for the material — its production of the world’s first renewably-sourced ton of the key ingredient for nylon-6, made from plants instead of crude oil. But what does this really mean for the future of nylon? A […]

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ALE can optimize production and fitness in fermentation

ALE can optimize production and fitness in fermentation

December 29, 2019 |

In Denmark, DTU Biosustain and University of California, San Diego researchers have looked through studies about Adaptive Laboratory Evolution (ALE) in industrial biotech and show that ALE, if used smartly, can efficiently improve production strains’ fitness, growth and tolerance. The acronym ALE may lead one’s thoughts to beer, and as a matter of fact Adaptive […]

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Breath! Respiring microbes generate more energy

Breath! Respiring microbes generate more energy

August 25, 2019 |

In Denmark, researchers at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark shed light on how bacteria and baker’s yeast generate and use their energy to grow and how it is possible to evoke a shift in the metabolism from fermentation to respiration of E. coli and baker’s […]

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New strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels from glucose

New strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels from glucose

July 7, 2019 |

In South Korea, researchers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) presented a new strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels that can transform glucose and oleaginous microorganisms into microbial diesel fuel, with one-step direct fermentative production. The newly developed strain, created by Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee and his team, showed […]

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AFYREN further strengthens leadership teams

AFYREN further strengthens leadership teams

May 5, 2019 |

In France, AFYREN, which produces high-value bio-based building blocks with fermentation technologies, is further strengthening its leadership teams through three strategic appointments. After securing €60m of financing to create its industrial subsidiary AFYREN NEOXY (joint-venture with the SPI industrial projects fund operated by Bpifrance), AFYREN has appointed Jean Saint-Donat, Maxime Cordonnier and Fabrice Orecchioni. AFYREN […]

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New biofuel from cactus plants called “green gold”

New biofuel from cactus plants called “green gold”

March 24, 2019 |

In Mexico, Nopalimex is taking the prickly pear cactus, or Opuntia, pulping its flesh, fermenting it and mixing it with manure to create methane and water and converting it to biofuel. Nopalimex is now supplying the fuel to Zitácuaro city authorities to use in a fleet of its vehicles, according to World Economic Forum. “At […]

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