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LS9 Secures $5M Series A Round, Adds to Scientific Advisory Board

LS9 Inc., a startup founded in 2005 to apply synthetic biology technology to production of proprietary biofuels (earlier post) has secured $5 million in Series A funding from Flagship Ventures and Khosla Ventures and has established its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

The funding and SAB appointments will accelerate LS9’s plans to pursue industrial applications of synthetic biology.

Two new members join company founders Chris Somerville and George Church, and two others on the SAB: Christopher Walsh and Anthony Sinskey.

Prof. Walsh is an expert in enzyme stereochemistry and reaction mechanisms and has been Hamilton Kuhn Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School since 1991. Prof. Sinskey is Professor of Microbiology and Health Sciences and Technology at MIT and is a leader in the area of metabolic engineering.

The newly appointed members will join existing SAB members Chaitan Khosla and Edward DeLong. Prof. Khosla is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Stanford University and is at the forefront of research on polyketide synthases as paradigms for modular catalysis. Prof. DeLong is developing the field of microbial community genomics and metagenomics and is the Moore Foundation Professor of Microbial Genomics at MIT.


Cheryl Ho

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If you would like to know more on COAL to Syngas to DME developments, join us at upcoming North Asia DME / Methanol conference in Beijing, 27-28 June 2007, St Regis Hotel. The conference covers key areas which include:

DME productivity can be much higher especially if
country energy policies makes an effort comparable to
that invested in increasing supply.
National Development Reform Commission NDRC
Ministry of Energy for Mongolia

Production of DME/ Methanol through biomass
gasification could potentially be commercialized
Shandong University completed Pilot plant in Jinan and
will be sharing their experience.

Advances in conversion technologies are readily
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chemical feedstock
By: Kogas, Lurgi and Haldor Topsoe

Available project finance supports the investments
that DME/ Methanol can play a large energy supply role
By: International Finance Corporation

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