Lygos gets funding for malonic acid | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 1 | p. 12 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 2, 2017

Lygos gets funding for malonic acid

Department: Business
Keywords: biobased chemicals, startups, malonic acid

Biobased chemical start-up Lygos has raised $13 million in a first round of venture funding. Using synthetic biology methods, Lygos developed yeast strains that produce malonic acid, an intermediate used in flavors, fragrances, and pharmaceuticals that is currently made with a cyanide-based route. The company says it is producing sample quantities of bio-malonic acid. It will use the funds to scale up output to ton quantities and expand its workforce.

 
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