Zymergen gets Lit: raises $130M in epic Series B

In California, Zymergen has raised $130 million in Series B funding led by SoftBank Group. The round also includes prior lead investor Data Collective...

Tapping biogas for the renewable hydrogen that we really, really need

I don’t suppose that anyone actually dreams of hydrogen, but in the bio-economy there just isn’t quite enough of it and we read about...

Chew on This: Plant Peptides Help Kill Cavities and Tooth Decay

In Pennsylvania, Penn Dental Medicine researchers found a way to prevent cavities and tooth decay with a single biomaterial topical treatment using plants that...

Podesta, Putin, Trump, Gingrich, and Joule: WikiLeaks and the inside true story

If you’ve been following the Sunday news programs in the past week, or breathless reporting in the Wall Street Journal (“John Podesta and the...

Crazy Sexy Gut Health

Gaze at your navel for a second. Use a mirror if you like. Go ahead, it’s OK, I won’t tell anyone. Yes, the navel, the omphalos....

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018

In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates...

Affordable, green hydrogen — it is here, near, or nowhere in sight (again)?

News arrives from Israel’s Technion Institute that they have developed a stable catalyst that can split water at extravagantly low energy-levels - and haven’t...

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 18th, 2018

The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of...

The Paramount Deal: World Energy takes off with audacious $72M acquisition of AltAir and...

In Massachusetts, World Energy has acquired renewable jet and diesel producer AltAir Paramount, and its Paramount Petroleum refinery assets, both collocated in Paramount, CA,...

1 septillion reasons Dad’s CRISPR-Cas9 may already be Toast

In the rapid-fire tech and political world of 2017, a day feels like a month, a year is like a generation, and sometimes it...

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Corbion to build new PLA plant, exit FDCA

In the Netherlands, food ingredients and biobased products major Corbion disclosed its 2020-2025 strategy, which includes increasing investments in natural food preservation and lactic...

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