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Amyris signs multi-year contract to supply renewable squalane to Nikko Chemicals

Amyris, Inc. has signed a multi-year supply agreement for several hundred tons of Amyris renewable squalane with Nikko Chemicals Co., Ltd. for distribution in the Japanese market.

Now that we have commissioned our first three Biofene® production sites, we are thrilled to expand our sales volumes of renewably-sourced squalane and provide additional customers with a reliable supply of this best-in-class emollient.

—John Melo, CEO of Amyris

Amyris and Nikko Chemicals are exploring additional Biofene-based cosmetic commercialization opportunities. Squalane is a high-end moisturizing ingredient used in a wide range of cosmetics today, currently sourced from shark liver oil or refined olive oil. Amyris squalane, which is produced from Biofene, Amyris’ renewable farnesene, is renewably sourced from sugarcane of high purity and has excellent stability. Amyris squalane, which is now ECOCERT certified, has been successfully tested and integrated in end products by its partners and customers.

Amyris uses its industrial synthetic biology platform to convert plant sugars into a variety of hydrocarbon molecules, which it is commercializing as No Compromise renewable ingredients in cosmetics, flavors and fragrances, polymers, lubricants and consumer products, and also as No Compromise renewable diesel and jet fuel.


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