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Invista And SilicoLife Team To Develop Bio-derived Raw Materials

Wichita, Kan.-based fibers and polymers manufacturer Invista and Portugal-based computational biology company SilicoLife have agreed to work together to develop new technologies for the creation of bio-derived processes for industrial chemicals production.

The collaboration will take advantage of Invista's biotechnology and catalysis capabilities and knowledge of the chemicals industry, as well as SilicoLife's in silico metabolic engineering and rational synthetic biology capabilities to develop biobased chemicals. Initial efforts will include a focus on bio-derived production of butadiene.

"We anticipate this collaboration with SilicoLife will help us accelerate our timeline to develop new bio-derived processes for a range of industrial chemicals - helping us further improve our cost and sustainability position in this area," said Warren Primeaux, president, Invista Intermediates.
"The collaboration with Invista combines our state-of-the art engineering expertise with Invista's world-class research team to accelerate the design of optimized microbial strains for the cost-effective production of industrial chemicals from renewable feedstocks," said Simão Soares, CEO, SilicoLife.

September 10, 2013