IFIB 2020 will be both digital and physical. In Rome, on October 1-2

Fountain of Trevi

Rome is the world capital of the bioeconomy. The International Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (IFIB) will be held in the Eternal City this year at the WeGil Congress Center. And in this Covid-19 era, it will be both physical and digital.

With more than 300 delegates in attendance from approximately 25 different countries from all around the world (only 100 will be hosted at the Congress Center, the other attendants could follow the forum through Webex Cisco), the conference truly succeeds one more time in its ambitions aim to be one of the leading bioeconomy event at global level. Continue reading

Amyris and IDRI signed a binding term sheet for a planned Covid-19 RNA vaccine technology

John Melo, President and Ceo of Amyris

Amyris, Inc., a leading synthetic biotechnology company in Clean Health and Beauty markets and IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) signed a binding term sheet for a planned COVID-19 RNA (ribonucleic acid) vaccine technology program. The program combines IDRI’s expertise in combating infectious diseases with Amyris’ fermentation platform technology, with the goal to create semi-synthetic squalene-based adjuvants at scale.

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An interview with Cyrille Pauthenier, Ceo of French biotech company Abolis

Cyrille Pauthenier

“At Union level, the European Green Deal is surely a clear and strong signal to many industries, and this will help our clients to gain further competing edges vs parties that still struggle to understand the benefit of implementing biosynthesis into their processes as tool to increase their competitiveness and sustainability.” To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Cyrille Pauthenier, Ceo and co-founder of Abolis, an industrial biotech company located in France. Pauthenier is graduated from École Normale Supérieure de Paris where he studied fundamental chemistry and biology. In 2011, he specialized in synthetic biology. In 2014, after obtaining his Ph.D., Cyrille co-founded Abolis, with the aim of using biology to accelerate the ecological transition of chemical industry.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Renewable Energy Group joined forces with Hunt & Sons to make Northern California greener

Sacramento Temple

Renewable Energy Group (REG) entered into an agreement with Hunt & Sons, Inc. to supply REG Ultra Clean at 12 locations in Northern California. REG Ultra Clean blends biodiesel and renewable diesel. The patent-pending combination delivers both biodiesel’s excellent lubricity and renewable diesel’s high Cetane and low Cloud Point in a 100% renewable fuel.

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Stora Enso and Cordenka joined forces to develop precursor for bio-based carbon fiber

Markus Mannström. Courtesy of Stora Enso

Stora Enso and Cordenka, the leading producer of premium quality industrial rayon based in Germany, are developing precursors for bio-based carbon fiber, both driven by the need for high performance carbon fiber in transportation, construction and power generation.
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Clariant and Ineratec joined forces for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals

Clariant Industrial Biotechnology Group in Germany

Swiss chemical giant Clariant joined forces with Ineratec in the challenge for a greener future. The companies entered a partnership to develop and commercialize novel technologies for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. Clariant will provide its extensive catalysis expertise and broad portfolio of syngas conditioning and upgrading catalysts to support Ineratec’s groundbreaking gas-to-liquid technology.

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Neste delivers its first batch of SAF to San Francisco International Airport via pipeline

San Francisco International Airport

Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, has delivered its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) via pipeline, where it will be used by major airlines committed to reducing carbon emissions.

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Photanol and RENOLIT joined forces to develop polymers by using CO2

Thomas Sampers and Veronique de Bruijn. Source: http://www.photanol.com

Photanol BV and RENOLIT SE form a strategic partnership to develop polymers by using CO2 absorbed from the air in a direct, fully circular and CO2 -neutral conversion process without the usage of (fossil) oil and gas. As such, this innovative process is an optimal solution to contribute to the reduction of global warming while still enjoying the benefits of virgin high performance polymers.

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Clariant and Slovak Duslo’s research institute Vucht transform waste into wealth

Mercedes-Benz fleet at Clariant´s sunliquid® demonstration plant for production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues.;

Clariant and Duslo’s research institute VUCHT are transforming waste into wealth. Using a proprietary technique and Clariant’s HYDEX E next-generation hydro-dewaxing catalyst, VUCHT has successfully converted plastic waste into premium winter fuel distillate. The efficacy of this groundbreaking process has now been proven in a pilot plant in Slovakia. As plastics and fuels are both mainly composed of natural gas or crude oil, turning one into the other has major implications for sustainable and lucrative fuel production.

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R Plus Japan will invest in the development of Anellotech’s cutting-edge Plas-TCat technology

David Sudolsky

Sustainable technology company Anellotech has announced that R Plus Japan Ltd., a new joint venture company, will invest in the development of Anellotech’s cutting-edge Plas-TCat technology for recycling used plastics. R Plus Japan was established by 12 cross-industry partners within the Japanese plastics supply chain. Member partners include Suntory MONOZUKURI Expert Ltd. (SME, a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Ltd.), TOYOBO Co. Ltd., Rengo Co. Ltd., Toyo Seikan Group Holdings Ltd., J&T Recycling Corporation, Asahi Group Holdings Ltd., Iwatani Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., Toppan Printing Co. Ltd., Fuji Seal International Inc., Hokkaican Co. Ltd., Yoshino Kogyosho Co. Ltd..

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