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DSM and Amyris pursue vitamin A

by Melody M. Bomgardner
May 15, 2017 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 95, Issue 20

DSM will invest $25 million in the biobased chemicals maker Amyris and may follow with another $25 million. At the same time, the two firms will work on health-related products. They have an exclusive agreement to develop a fermentation route to vitamin A, which is normally made via chemical synthesis. If DSM does invest the full $50 million, it will own almost one-quarter of Amyris. Other, unnamed investors have committed an additional $45 million. Amyris will use most of the funds to pay down debt.

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