Using biology to convert low-cost sugar to high-value chemicals.
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Lygos: Founded in 2010, Lygos is providing biotechnology solutions for today’s renewable chemical challenges. We engineer microbes to convert sugars into high-value, industrial chemicals, targeting compounds where biological production is cost-advantaged over petrochemical production..Lygos' technology goes beyond engineering microbes and includes fermentation and purification development. Our goal is to manufacture and sell chemicals. This work has been supported, in part, by over $6.5MM in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Science Foundation..For the last 75-years malonic acid has been produced from cyanide and chloroacetic acid, two costly and environmentally hazardous chemicals. The petrochemical production process has restricted market growth. Lygos' technology uses sugar and water, opening the door to new applications..The bio-malonic acid technology is currently at pilot plant scale and we are producing samples of malonic acid, dimethyl malonate, and diethyl malonate for our customers. Contact us to learn more.

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Lygos founded in 2010.