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New investment announced in platform technology for bio-based monomers

By Scott Jenkins |

Zymergen (Emeryville, Calif.; www.zymergen.com) recently announced $300 million in new investments for the company’s fermentation-based platform technology that generates novel bio-based monomers for specialty products applications. Combining synthetic biology with machine-learning-enhanced automated screening, Zymergen’s technology has demonstrated the capability to identify and produce novel monomers and compounds via microbial fermentation. The platform allows rapid scaling of economically viable production of biological molecules with performance attributes not attainable with incumbent materials. “We are aiming to fill as-yet unmet needs in specialty applications with a range of products based on renewable feedstocks that can be made at the same factory with modest capital investment, and with more environmentally sustainable processes,” explains Zymergen’s president Richard Pieters. Because these biologically derived molecules cannot be sourced from petroleum feedstock, the company can engineer unique property profiles that improve performance in ways petrochemical compounds cannot. This opens a range of new application opportunities. Earlier this year, Zymergen, along with its development partner Sumitomo Chemical…
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