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Clean Tech Rises Again, Retooling Nature for Industrial Use

In 2011, Lygos was founded on a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy; shortly thereafter, the Lygos team invented the first engineered microbe producing malonic acid. In 2017, Lygos is planning to ship metric ton quantities of product. As covered by the New York Times, new microbial engineering technologies and a thoughtful look at where biochemistry provides competitive advantages over petrochemistry are two reasons why Lygos is accelerating the pace at which biochemicals are moved from ideas on paper to commercial-scale production.

Read more about how Lygos is replacing petrochemicals with biochemicals:

“Clean Tech Rises Again, Retooling Nature for Industrial Use.” The New York Times (Dec. 2016).


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