Volume 94 Issue 13 | pp. 26-27
Issue Date: March 28, 2016

C&EN profiles Amyris, biobased specialties maker

With production of farnesene scaled up, profitability is the firm’s next hurdle
Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: biobased chemicals, flavors and fragrances, solvents, personal care

For biobased chemical firms, reaching commercial-scale production is a huge milestone and a trial by fire. Amyris, which was founded in 2003 as a lab-based start-up, is one of very few firms that have made it.

Starting in 2013, Amyris has ramped up output of specialty chemicals based on farnesene, a microbially produced terpene, in Brotas, Brazil, with partner Bunge. Farnesene, and molecules fashioned from it, is being used in both industrial applications and high-margin . . .

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