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Global Bioenergies opens US branch for production of light olefins from renewable resources

France-based Global Bioenergies, an industrial biology company developing sustainable routes to light olefins (earlier post), has opened a branch facility in Ames, Iowa.

The new operation will focus on Global Bioenergies’ program for bioconversion of renewable resources into isobutene and other light olefins through fermentation. Dr. David Gogerty, a specialist in industrial biology, will head the new US branch.

We have known from the start that our unique processes would require a global company. We are delighted to add a US branch to the German branch we opened in 2010. The Iowa operation will advance our projects and those of our customers and partners in the US, France, Germany, Poland and, most recently, New Zealand.

—Marc Delcourt, CEO of Global Bioenergies

Global Bioenergies initially focused its efforts on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and elastomers. It is expanding its research to target other molecules. (Earlier post.)


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