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Lygos Wins Innovation Award for Cutting-Edge Progress Toward Biobased Chemical Production

October 7, 2016
Fermentation tank from Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, used by Lygos for pre-pilot testing of malonic acid production. (Photo from “Enabling the Billion-Ton Bioeconomy” video; Lygos Founder and CEO, Eric Steen, appears in a segment of the video.)

Lygos Wins Innovation Award for Cutting-Edge Progress Toward Biobased Chemical Production

Industrial biotechnology company Lygos, Inc. won the “Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year” award at the inaugural Bio-Based Live conference in San Francisco, California, for its biobased method to produce malonic acid, a versatile chemical used to make products ranging from flavorings in food to ultraviolet radiation-resistant coatings. Lygos uses microbes to produce the malonic acid from sugars that can be derived from non-food, cellulosic biomass. The process is also much cleaner and safer than conventional petroleum-based methods.

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