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Lygos makes chemicals the eco-friendly way

California | United States

Lygos, Inc. is a biotechnology-based producer of specialty chemicals that deliver high-value performance without environmental toxicity. Lygos uses modern biotechnology to deliver the benefits of petroleum-based and other industrial chemical technology at competitive prices.

Lygos also develops new bio-routes to chemical functionalities uniquely available through biotechnology to expand the performance window in diverse materials systems.

Lygos uses a low-cost microbial fermentation technology.

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Lygos’ bioengineered yeast produces malonic acid from sugar and CO2 without causing any threat to the environment.

Relevant industries

  • Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cosmetics
  • flavours and fragrances
  • Explanations

    Malonic acid is a C3-dicarboxylic acid currently used as an intermediate in the synthesis of numerous flavors, fragrances, and pharmaceuticals. While capable of being used in a wider variety of applications, demand has been held back by malonic acid’s environmentally hazardous, expensive production process. The current process used to produce malonic acid requires sodium cyanide and chloroacetic acid.

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