Genomatica Opens Second Commercial Plant

The plant will be powered by Genomatica technology for more sustainable everyday products.
The plant will be powered by Genomatica technology for more sustainable everyday products.

Genomatica has opened its second commercial plant, which will use Genomatica's Geno BDO biomanufacturing process technology.

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Genomatica has licensed its Geno BDO biomanufacturing process technology to Cargill, which is using it in its newly-announced joint venture with HELM, Qore, to produce renewable 1,4-butanediol (BDO).

The technology for the BDO production facility will be a part of the recently announced $300M investment by Cargill and HELM at the biotechnology campus in Eddyville, Iowa, to be completed in 2024.

Genomatica’s technology will enable a combined, global production capacity of more than 100,000 tons per year of renewable BDO. 

Christophe Schilling, Genomatica CEO, said, “Innovations and creative partnerships are essential for the realization of new and improved value chains to meet the ever-rising demand for more sustainable solutions that consumers, brands and our planet need. We are pleased to supply our innovative sustainable technology to Cargill and HELM, whose venture and complementary strengths are ideally suited to do just that—ensure that an essential chemical found everywhere from our shoes and clothes to our cars will be produced in a superior way with a far lower environmental impact.”

Jill Zullo, vice president, biointermediates/bioindustrial at Cargill, said, “Sustainable chemicals are quickly becoming table stakes for our customers and our investments will enable the chemicals industry to embrace new markets with the materials consumers are demanding from companies they trust."

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