Renewables firms focus on cost squeeze | May 2, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 18 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 18 | p. 26
Issue Date: May 2, 2016

Renewables firms focus on cost squeeze

BIO conference attendees sought expertise, partners to help compete with fossil feedstocks
Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: renewables, biobased chemicals, organic acids, synthetic DNA

Last month’s gathering of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, held in San Diego, featured six tracks of diverse talks and panel discussions. But the hallways were nearly empty.

The high-traffic area, it turned out, was downstairs in a warren of little cubicles that BIO helpfully set aside for one-on-one partnering meetings. Executives from biobased chemical companies spent most of their time in conversation there, emerging occasionally to discuss how they plan . . .

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