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Edeniq and Global Bio-chem enter into joint development agreement to produce low cost cellulosic sugars from corn stover in China

Edeniq, Inc., a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, has entered a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Limited, a China-based manufacturer of chemicals from industrial sugars. The JDA follows a letter of intent signed in July, with the goal of developing the lowest cost process for converting corn stover to cellulosic sugars for use in the production of bio-based chemical products.

China has a large and growing demand for bio-based products. This partnership will allow us to further develop and commercialize our technology platform utilizing the millions of metric tons per year of corn stover available in the Jilin Province, while significantly reducing the production costs of corn stover-based sugar.

—Xu Ziyi, Executive Director of Global Bio-chem

Edeniq and Global Bio-chem plan to integrate their technologies in a commercial demonstration plant at Global Bio-chem’s facility in the Jilin Province of China. Construction has been initiated on the plant, with a target to produce 50,000 metric tons per year of sugars from corn stover. The two companies intend to supply the cellulosic sugars to Global Bio-chem for utilization in its existing sugar-based chemical production facilities, and also plan to forge partnerships with other companies to enable the production of a broad array of biochemicals and biofuels from its sugars.

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