Volume 94 Issue 6 | p. 20
Issue Date: February 8, 2016

Anellotech Advancing Bio-Aromatics

Cost-focused firm has big backers and technical partners
Department: Business
Keywords: biochemicals, bioplastics, aromatics, biomass, cellulosic, benzene, toluene, xylene

The scores of companies developing biobased routes to industrial chemicals are all ambitious. They have to be if they think they can compete with products that have been entrenched for decades. But few dream as big as Anellotech.

The Pearl River, N.Y.-based start-up is developing a way to turn lignocellulosic biomass into the aromatic building blocks benzene, toluene, and xylene, known collectively as BTX. If successful, the technology could help bring the world biobased versions . . .

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