An interview with John Bell, Director at the EU Commission in charge of bioeconomy. “The bioeconomy promises to lead the next rising wave of global economic development”

John Bell, at the first edition of the Bioeconomy Investment Summit in Brussels

“The bioeconomy promises to lead the next rising wave of global economic development. Renewable energy, renewable raw materials and recyclable products pose a positive challenge to our current fossil fuel dependence”. John Bell, Director at the European Commission in charge of bioeconomy, talks to Il Bioeconomista.

In this long exclusive interview, he talks about the new strategy on bioeconomy, the EU’s new research and innovation programme, the role of member states and regions and the connection between bioeconomy and society.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Amyris and Chevron Products join forces to develop novel renewable base oil technologies

Amyris, Inc., the U.S. industrial bioscience company, and Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., announced that Novvi LLC and Chevron have entered into an agreement to jointly develop and bring to market novel renewable base oil technologies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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An exclusive interview with Julius Ecuru, BioInnovate Africa Programme

Julius Ecuru

“Governments and development partners should provide policy and economic incentives to industry to transition into smart manufacturing that meets our needs and decarbonizes our world”. Julius Ecuru, programmemanager at BioInnovate Africa Programme, talks to Il Bioeconomista. BioInnovate Africa supports scientists and innovators in the region to link biological based research ideas and technologies to business and the market. It is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya. Current BioInnovate Africa partner countries are: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Global Bioenergies to convert currently poorly valorised softwood residues into second generation renewable isobutene

Marc Delcourt, co-founder and CEO of Global Bioenergies

Global Bioenergies started a 3-year project to demonstrate a new value chain combining its isobutene process with technologies developed by Sekab and Neste Engineering Solutions, two of Europe’s leading technology developers. The aim is to convert currently poorly valorised softwood residues into second generation renewable isobutene for subsequent conversion into gasoline and jetfuel. A €13.9m grant agreement was signed with INEA on behalf of the European commission.

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An interview with Iris Aquilina Anderson, leader of the Bioladies Network. The bioeconomy from the female perspective

“The bioeconomy is a relatively new sector and so one could hope it is not yet ‘contaminated’ with the prejudices. In a way, it is a perfect territory for women to conquer and showcase the plethora of their skills.” To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Iris Aquilina Anderson, leader of the Bioladies Network. Iris has 35 years of policy, business and research experience specialising in the bioeconomy, agriculture, energy and sustainability issues. She is an evaluator for BBI JU and H2020 and is currently the First Ambassador of BBIA, a trade association promoting the bioeconomy in the UK and a Committee member of the Natural Materials Association, part of IOM3.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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The Pasadena Fire Department goes green with Finnish Neste

The Pasadena Fire Department, a California city northeast of Los Angeles,  switched much of its fleet of apparatus from operating on petroleum diesel to using Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced by the Finnish company Neste. The department plans to transition all its fleet apparatus to renewable diesel by 2019.

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Avantium and R&F Chemical joined forces in South Korea

Avantium’s pilot plant in the Nerherlands

Dutch biochemical company Avantium  joined forces with South Korea-based R&F Chemical to boost its Catalysis business in the region. “South Korea – Avantium said in a note – has a highly-advanced technology and chemical sector, and several established national research facilities offering the perfect environment for Avantium’s Catalysis business with a strong focus on catalysis research”.

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BioAmber Inc. filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code

BioAmber has been listed on the NYSE since May 2013

BioAmber Inc. filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and that its two Canadian subsidiaries, BioAmber Sarnia Inc. and BioAmber Canada Inc., filed a Notice of Intention to make a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada), with a view to strengthening the company’s financial health and solidifying its long-term business prospects.

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Amyris and Firmenich to develop bio-based fragrance ingredient

John Melo, President and Ceo of Amyris

Amyris, Inc., the industrial bioscience company headquartered in Emeryville, California, has successfully collaborated with its fragrance partner, Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and flavor company, to support the development and commercialization of Z11.

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Bio-Botanica Inc. and Genomatica sign a new partnership in the U.S. bioeconomy

Bio-Botanica Inc., a family-owned and operated company, specializing in botanicals for over 45 years and headquartered in Hauppage (New York), has partnered with U.S. biotech company Genomatica to create a new line of botanical extracts using a naturally sourced, sustainably produced butylene glycol. These products, manufactured by Bio- Botanica Inc., feature Genomatica’s proprietary ingredient, Brontide.

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