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Amyris And Michelin To Pursue Isoprene

by Michael McCoy
October 3, 2011 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 89, ISSUE 40

Amyris, a renewable chemicals company, has signed an agreement to collaborate with tire maker Michelin on the development of isoprene from plant-based sugars. Amyris says its technology, now being used to produce the 15-carbon molecule farnesene, can also convert sugars into isoprene, a five-carbon molecule used to make synthetic rubber for tires. Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Genencor, now part of DuPont, have a similar agreement to develop isoprene.

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