Issue Date: August 20, 2007
Investors Back Cellulosic Ethanol
University of Massachusetts spin-off SunEthanol has attracted investments from ethanol maker VeraSun Energy and a number of venture capitalists to help it commercialize its Q Microbe. SunEthanol says the microbe, discovered in soil in New England by microbiology professor Susan B. Leschine, reduces the number of steps required to produce ethanol from biomass. VeraSun, a maker of corn-based ethanol, says it wants to be sure it has a position in cellulose-based ethanol if it becomes economically viable. Other investors in SunEthanol include Battery Ventures, Long River Ventures, and AST Capital.
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