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Proterro Secures $3.5 Million in New Funding

EWING, N.J., Dec. 17, 2012 – Proterro, Inc., a company making sugar instead of extracting it from crops, has closed on a $3.5- million financing round led by current investor Braemar Energy Ventures. Cultivian Ventures and Middleland Capital joined as new investors, with other existing investors, Battelle Ventures and its affiliate, Innovation Valley Partners, also participating in the round. Weiterlesen →

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Solazyme Towards Commerical Scale Production

South San Francisco, CA (December, 2012) – Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today the successful completion of multiple initial fermentations at ADM’s Clinton, Iowa facility. In these runs, Solazyme achieved commercial scale production metrics, exhibited linear scalability of its process from laboratory scale, and demonstrated the ability to run at this scale without contamination. Weiterlesen →

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Crimes of evolution: algae held captive and genes stolen

Electron micrograph of Bigelowiella natans

Microscopic animals held algae captive and stole their genes for energy production, thereby evolving into a new and more powerful species many millions of years ago reveals a new study published today in the journal Nature. The results reveal a ‘missing link’ in evolution because the tiny animal thieves (protozoa) couldn’t completely hide all evidence of the captive algae, and have been effectively frozen in time and caught in the act by genetic sequencing. Weiterlesen →

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Biologists Engineer Algae to Make Complex Anti-Cancer ‘Designer’ Drug

Algae Tube

Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in genetically engineering algae to produce a complex and expensive human therapeutic drug used to treat cancer.
Their achievement, detailed in a paper in this week’s early online issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, opens the door for making these and other “designer” proteins in larger quantities and much more cheaply than can now be made from mammalian cells. Weiterlesen →

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Bioreactors for algae-based biofuels get $900K grant

A Cornell research team has received a $910,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to work toward revolutionizing how biofuels are produced from algae. David Erickson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Largus Angenent, associate professor of biological and environmental engineering, have teamed up to design and build a completely new type of bioreactor that efficiently delivers light and collects fuel produced by algae inside the reactors. Weiterlesen →

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Algae congress confirms its strong international position

Floating Pavillion International Algae Congress 2012

Rotterdam, 5 December 2012 — Microalgae – the small versatile aquatic plants we all know so good – were responsible for gathering more than 110 participants from around the world in the beautiful Floating Pavilion in Rotterdam. The organiser, DLG BENELUX, chairmen René Wijffels of Wageningen UR and John Benemann of MicroBio Engineering, Inc. look back to a successful event. Weiterlesen →

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