EMERYVILLE, CALIF. (Aug. 8, 2:30 p.m. ET) — Amyris Inc. and Kuraray Co. Ltd. have agreed to develop polymers from Biofene, a renewable hydrocarbon building block made using technology from Amyris.
Kuraray will use Biofene to replace petroleum-derived feedstock such as butadiene and isoprene in the production of specific polymers. If the process is successful, the companies plan to enter into an exclusive supply agreement.
“We are confident the new Biofene polymer products will become important additions to our product portfolio and be an integral part of our growth strategy,” said Yasuhiro Yamamoto, director and senior executive officer of Osaka, Japan-based Kuraray, in a news release.