Deinove swaps biofuel for health products | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 40 | p. 14 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 10, 2016

Deinove swaps biofuel for health products

Department: Business
Keywords: biotechnology, consumer products, biofuels, antibiotics, nutritional ingredients

French biotech firm Deinove is changing focus from biofuels to carotenoids and antibiotics for human health. The company was founded on research into rare bacteria including Deinococcus strains, which it says can degrade complex organic material into smaller compounds. But the firm’s biofuel ambitions were sidelined by low oil prices and lack of government support. Now, Deinove plans to work on a “high potential” antibiotic lead. In addition, it will develop carotenoid strains and nutrition and cosmetic products with firms including Flint Hills Resources.

 
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