Princeton, New Jersey - DNP Green Technology, one of two shareholders of Bioamber, has reached an agreement with the National Research Council of Canada Biotechnology Research Institute (NRC-BRI) to develop a second-generation technology to produce bio-based succinic acid.
Succinic acid is a building block used in the production of numerous chemicals, including polyurethanes, polyesters and polyamides. DNP said Bioamber's technology provides a route to bio-based succinic acid that is a safe, economical, and environmentally friendly alternative to petrochemicals. The technology also consumes CO2, the company claims, as opposed to petrochemicals, which emit CO2.
"This research partnership with NRC-BRI will broaden our knowledge of microbial systems to manufacture bio-based succinic acid and derivatives," said Dr. Laurent Bernier, vice-president R&D of DNP.
Princeton-headquartered Bioamber is a joint venture of DNP Green Technology, based in New York, and Agro-Industrie Recherches et Developpements (ARD), based in Pomacle, France, and has already developed a first-generation technology for bio-based succinic acid. (RD)
PIC: Bioamber's commercial demonstration plant being built at Pomacle, shown in April 2009.