Amyris launches the consumer beauty brand Biossance in Sephora’s retail stores

sephoraBiossance™, the consumer beauty brand from Amyris, Inc., the US integrated renewable products company, announced its planned launch in Sephora’s retail stores where the brand’s expansive line of high-performance skin care products will be available to consumers. The rollout to initial participating stores will begin in February 2017 and coincide with launching on Sephora online. Additional in-store and online marketing activities with Sephora to highlight the Biossance brand shortly following launch are planned.

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Amyris wins a three-year multi-million dollar contract from the U.S. Department of Energy

total amyrisAmyris, the U.S. industrial bioscience company, has won a three-year multi-million dollar contract from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to further the manufacturing of cellulose-derived farnesene for biofuels. The company led by John Melo, in cooperation with Renmatix and Total New Energies USA, will work to develop a manufacturing-ready process utilizing wood as the cellulosic feedstock to produce farnesene, a hydrocarbon building block used to manufacture a variety of products ranging from cosmetics to detergents, as well as base oils, lubricants, diesel and jet fuel.

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An interview with John Melo, Ceo of Amyris: “What’s good for the planet should be good for business and we are making this a reality”

John Melo, President & Ceo of Amyris
John Melo, President & Ceo of Amyris

“I expect 30% of jet fuel to be renewable by 2030 and we hope to have at least 1/3 of this market share”. John Melo talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this exclusive interview the President & Ceo of Amyris, the California-based company which has been named the #1 company in the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy (“Hot 50”) contest, talks about his company and the bioeconomy, the role played by the U.S. government and the public opinion. “To me – Melo says – ecology and economy must go together. Producing less CO2 emissions should cost less, not more. When this happens ecology and climate are working in the same direction. What’s good for the planet should be good for business and we are making this a reality”.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Ginkgo Bioworks and Amyris: a new partnership to generate over $300 million in incremental value

John Melo, Ceo of Amyris
John Melo, Ceo of Amyris

Ginkgo Bioworks and Amyris, Inc. announced a new partnership, which will enable the companies to jointly develop products more efficiently and cost effectively, accelerating time to market.
This breakthrough biotech partnership creates clear leadership with a combined offering that has successfully introduced more bio-based products than any other company known in the field. The combined R&D capabilities of Ginkgo and Amyris put both partners at a significant advantage in the industry by leveraging the joint end-to-end technology platform. This partnership is expected to deliver more new cultured ingredients into the global market in the next three years than the total industry has achieved in the last 10 years.

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Cathay Pacific: from Toulouse to Hong Kong using Amyris renewable jet fuel

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Amyris, the U.S. industrial bioscience company, announced that, on May 29, Cathay Pacific commenced a two-year program of flights from Toulouse to Hong Kong using Amyris renewable jet fuel. The initial 12-hour flight was the longest flight using a renewable jet fuel to date, further underpinning the drop-in characteristics of Amyris Biojet fuels.

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Amyris and CJ CheilJedang to support the growing bioeconomy in Asia

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John Melo, Ceo of Amyris

Amyris, the industrial bioscience company based in California, and South Korea-based CJ CheilJedang Corporation last Friday announced that the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support large-scale manufacturing of Amyris’s farnesene, a fuel sourced from sugar cane, in existing CJ facilities.

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Amyris and Squalan enter into agreements for the production and marketing of bio-based personal care products

 

John Melo, Ceo of Amyris
John Melo, Ceo of Amyris

Amyris, Inc., a global renewable products company providing sustainable alternatives to a variety of non-renewable resources, and Squalan Natural Health B.V., a privately held, personal care product company based in The Netherlands, have entered into agreements for the production and marketing of Neossance Squalane-based personal care products.

The partnership between Amyris and Squalan accelerates development and market penetration of skin care and personal care products containing Amyris’s Neossance Squalane, which is produced from plant sugars. Under this new relationship, Squalan will market and sell Neossance-based products to retailers and consumers, primarily in the European Union.

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Total and Amyris bio-based jet fuel ready for use in commercial aviation

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Total's headquarter in Paris

Total, one of the world’s leading energy companies, and Amyris, an industrial bioscience company, begin to prepare to market a drop in jet fuel that contains up to 10% blends of renewable farnesane. This new jet fuel blend meets the rigorous performance requirements set for Jet A/A-1 fuel used by the global commercial aviation industry. 

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Amyris aims at becoming a great player in the bioeconomy. Together with Firmenich and Total

Bill and Melinda Gates: their Foundation supported the start-up of Amyris in 2005
Bill and Melinda Gates: their Foundation supported the start-up of Amyris in 2005

The US biotech company Amyris aims at becoming a great player in the world bioeconomy. Founded in 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, Amyris – as anticipated during its prior quarter results call – has begun the production of its first fragrance oil at a specialty contract manufacturing facility. In 2014, building on the successful results of its initial fragrance oil production and based on feedback from its partner, Amyris plans to also produce this fragrance oil at its own Brotas production facility. The Brotas biorefinery currently produces Biofene, Amyris’s brand of farnesene, a renewable hydrocarbon used for a range of applications. Following planned improvements to the Brotas plant in early 2014, Amyris expects to be able to produce both Biofene and a range of other fermentation products, including its fragrance oils, at the plant.

This announcement follows the one of last December, when Amyris announced together with the French oil giant Total the formation of Total Amyris Biosolutions, a 50-50 joint venture that will produce market renewable diesel and jet fuel.

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