Verdezyne, Inc., a synthetic biology company producing biobased chemicals, has been named a winner of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge.
“We could not be more pleased about this recognition from the EPA for our proprietary platform for production of biobased chemicals such as BIOLON™ DDDA,” commented E. William Radany, Ph.D., President and CEO of Verdezyne. “It builds on other recognitions we have received over the past year, such as the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer Award as well as USDA Certified Biobased Product Certification for BIOLON™ DDDA.”
Verdezyne and the other Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners were honored at an awards ceremony today in Portland, Oregon.
In a statement about the awards, the EPA said about Verdezyne’s proprietary process for producing biobased chemicals: “In addition to using a plant-based feedstock and having lower greenhouse gas emissions, this process is also safer because it does not use high temperatures or concentrated nitric acid.”
An independent panel of experts convened by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute chose a handful of technology platforms, including Verdezyne, and made recommendations to the EPA for 2016 winners.
Verdezyne is a synthetic biology company offering biobased chemicals developed using proprietary metabolic pathway engineering tools. The company’s first product, BIOLON™ DDDA, earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, and is available worldwide. Current investors in Verdezyne include BP Ventures, DSM Venturing B.V., OVP Venture Partners, Monitor Ventures, and Sime Darby.