Making chemicals first, rather than fuels, in industrial fermenters such as these is the strategy that Amyris is following. The company last month announced a contract manufacturing deal in Brazil to produce industrial chemicals used in lubricants and skin care products using sugar cane as a feedstock. The company, which recently went public, expects to do jet fuels later but is focusing on chemicals in the near term to boost revenue and bring down its production cost through higher-volume manufacturing.
May 9, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Amyris
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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