Ginkgo signs trio of microbe deals | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 39 | p. 17 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 3, 2016

Ginkgo signs trio of microbe deals

Department: Business
Keywords: biobased chemicals, synthetic biology, agriculture, start-ups

Ginkgo Bioworks, a Boston start-up, has signed agreements to develop customized microbe strains for the agriculture giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland. The firms will use the organisms to produce chemicals, ingredients, and industrial enzymes from crops via fermentation. Improvements will make current processes higher-yielding and more sustainable, they say. Separately, Ginkgo will work with Genomatica, a biobased chemical technology firm, to market processes for large-volume production of biobased intermediate chemicals.

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