09/29/2011

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Amyris and Michelin to cooperate on renewable isoprene

Amyris expects to begin commercialising this isoprene in 2015 for use in tyre and other speciality chemical applications such as adhesives, coatings and sealants. Michelin is committed to off-take volumes on a ten-year basis. In addition, Amyris retains the right to market its renewable isoprene to other customers. "This partnership will allow both companies to continue Michelin's tradition of innovation in the tyre industry and expand Amyris's industrial biotechnology platform for new products,” said John Melo, CEO of Amyris. "Growing demand for isoprene and a desire to increase the sourcing of sustainable raw materials create a great opportunity for Amyris to bring to market renewable solutions with No Compromise performance that also reduce price volatility.”Amyris' technology, currently used to produce at commercial scale a 15-carbon molecule called farnesene, can also convert plant-based sugars into isoprene, a 5-carbon molecule and main ingredient in the production of synthetic rubber. Isoprene has traditionally been produced as a by-product of the thermal cracking of naphtha to produce ethylene or via C4 refinery stream synthesis. As the petrochemical industry adjusts to lighter cracking slates with the advent of shale gas, new sources of isoprene have become necessary.

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