Genomatica Chosen as Finalist for Two ICIS Innovation Awards
ICIS is pleased to maintain the excitement as we publish the shortlist of innovations that will go through to final round of the ICIS Innovation Awards 2012.
Now in its ninth year and sponsored overall by silicon technology specialist Dow Corning, the Awards are designed to highlight the very best in innovation in the chemical sector.
BEST PRODUCT INNOVATION
Making BDO with better economics and a smaller environmental footprint
Bio start-up Genomatica has developed a direct, one-step bio-based process for production of chemical intermediate 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from renewable feedstocks. The process is currently at the demonstration scale and California, US-based Genomatica expects the first full commercial plant to start up in 2013, with a capacity of 18,000 tonnes/year. The plant will be located in Italy and be operated as a joint venture between Genomatica and Italy's Novamont, a producer of biodegradable plastics. Genomatica has also signed with Japan's Mitsubishi Chemical to explore a joint Asian production venture. The Genomatica process is a direct biocatalytic route using carbohydrate feedstock and a specially engineered strain of Escherichia coli.
BEST BUSINESS INNOVATION
Transforming the chemical industry through new enabling technology
A transformation of the route to petrochemicals is the bold aim of Genomatica in its role as technology enabler for bio-based production of chemical intermediates. It is seeking to create new bio-based process technologies to today's high-volume petrochemicals, but with better economics and smaller environmental footprints. It is working on a range of materials such as butanediol (BDO), butadiene (BD), and 20 others. In pursuit of its business it is embracing a licensing approach to partnering, to speed the scale-up and uptake of its proprietary technology, working with the likes of Novamont of Italy, Mitsubishi Chemical of Japan and Waste Management in the US.