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Renewable Chemicals Making Headway into New Materials and Consumer Biobased Products

  • John Shaw, Itaconix,
  • David Sudolsky, Annellotech,
  • Lisa Kennedy, Genomatica,
  • Richard Pieters, Zymergen

David Sudolsky, CEO, Anellotech

Anellotech’s patented Bio-TCat™ process produces BTX aromatics (a mix of benzene, toluene and xylene isomers) which are chemically identical to petro-based counterparts. Bio-based BTX aromatics can be used to make commodity plastics such as polyester (polyethylene terephthalate or PET), polystyrenes, polycarbonates, nylons and polyurethanes. These are used to manufacture consumer goods such as beverage bottles, food packaging, clothing, footwear, carpeting, automotive and electronic components. Currently using loblolly pine, Bio-TCat™ can process other readily available non-food inputs, which are a renewable and cheaper feedstock than sugar. Investments have been secured from industry-leading companies in the BTX supply chain, including Suntory and Toyota Tsusho. These investments help fund Anellotech’s further development of the Bio-TCat™ technology as the company works towards commercial-scale plant designs.

Lisa Kennedy, Director, Business Development, Genomatica

Performance, economics and value chains driving renewables: three examples: What does it take to see substantial use of renewables in everyday consumer products? This presentation will share Genomatica’s experiences in advancing three major programs and products into multiple markets. We’ll discuss the varied roles that performance, economics and the establishment of product value chain support have held for our commercial GENO BDO program; our Brontide BG; and for our nylon-6 program under development.

Richard Pieters, President, Products, Zymergen

The Unique Opportunity to Create Specialty Products and Materials based on Biotechnology: Innovative new materials are needed to fulfill the most demanding performance requirements in industries from electronics, to biomedical, personal care and more. Yet over the past century, the pace of material innovation from traditional material and product innovators has slowed. The economics of developing very complex molecules to fulfill specialty needs are difficult to justify. However, Industrial Biotechnology offers significant opportunities to kick-start the development and launch of novel materials that are not economically feasible otherwise. Zymergen's platform unlocks new chemical building blocks to enable novel material and product development. This talk will discuss the company's platform and our work to launch new specialty products for the electronics, personal care and other industries.

  • Date:Tuesday, July 17
  • Time:10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location:204 A
  • Session Type:Breakout Session
  • BIO Track:Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Products
John Shaw
  • Itaconix
  • Thursday, July 19
  • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
David Sudolsky
Lisa Kennedy
Richard Pieters