Published Patent Application Describes Key Innovation from Yield10 Bioscience

Metabolix launched Yield10 Bioscience late last year as a way to resource our crop science activity separately from our specialty biopolymers business. Yield10 is focused on global food security, as food production must be increased by an estimated 70% in the next 35 years to feed the growing global population which is expected to increase from 7 to 9.6 billion by 2050. Recent studies show that traditional crop breeding is unlikely to solve this problem. Rather, our Yield10 team believes technologies which enable simultaneous changes in complex gene systems to achieve step changes in seed yield are required. New data from our lead yield technologies provide strong support for this view. Continue reading

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Yield10: Developing and Commercializing Innovations in Crop Science

Yield10Metabolix announced the launch of Yield10 Bioscience to develop and commercialize innovations in crop science. The focus is to develop proprietary, breakthrough technologies to improve yield in major food crops based on Yield10’s “T3 Platform Technology”.  Continue reading

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A Bountiful Harvest of Crop Science Publications

Metabolix produces a range of PHA bioplastic products for its commercial customers using a proprietary industrial fermentation and biopolymer recovery process. The fermentation process is driven by microbes specifically engineered by Metabolix to produce PHAs with certain technical characteristics. The scientific advances in metabolic pathway engineering developed by Metabolix researchers over the last 15 years to engineer production microbes provided the foundation to apply this advanced metabolic engineering expertise to plants. Continue reading

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Patents: A Window into Innovation

Metabolix was recently granted or allowed six patents covering technology related to each of our key areas of biopolymers, biobased industrial chemicals and crop-based technologies. Among those granted was patent US 8,487,159, issued on July 16 titled “Production of Polyhydroxybutryrate in Switchgrass.” The patent describes a genetic construct consisting of 3 genes for making PHB, a biopolymer naturally produced in some bacteria as a carbon and energy storage molecule. The patent also describes the invention of switchgrass plants which produce at least 1% dry weight PHB. Continue reading

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