Cambridge website for Synthetic Biology resources

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Compiled by Jim Haseloff at the University of Cambridge. SpannerPlantLogo140This site contains details of recent papers and activity in Synthetic Biology, with particular emphasis on: (i) development of standards in biology and DNA parts, (ii) microbial and (iii) plant systems, (iv) research and teaching in the field at the University of Cambridge, (v) hardware for scientific computing and instrumentation, (vi) tools for scientific productivity and collected miscellany.

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Allylix bags BASF investment

The flavors and fragrance (F&F) market seem to be benefiting from renewable chemicals developments from players such as Amyris, Allylix and Blue Marble Biomaterials...and chemical firms also supplying the F&F market are taking notice.

BASF announced on Monday that its venture capital business has invested $13.5m in Allylix, which BASF said allows them to leverage their aroma chemicals, nutrition and cosmetic chemicals competency. BASF is one of the biggest global producer of aroma chemicals by the way.

According to a study released last year by US accounting firm Marcum LLP and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, the market for aroma chemicals and essential oils are [either] both a rapidly expanding market segment [or] and a highly profitable product segment.

"The highest growth companies in the study, those that experienced over 6% growth year-over-year, generated 20% of their overall revenue from the sale of aroma chemical and essential oils while "low-growth" companies (those with 1-2% growth year-over-year) generated half as much of their revenue from this product segment."

Meanwhile, US market research firm Freedonia reported that the US market for F&F is forecast to rise 3%/year to $5.5bn in 2014. Among the major product segments, essential oils and natural extracts are projected to achieve the most rapid gains.


US FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES DEMAND
(million dollars)
% Annual Growth
2004
2009
2014
2004-2009
2009-2014
Flavor & Fragrance Demand
3910
4750
5500
4.0
3.0
Food
1436
1740
1990
3.9
2.7
Cosmetics & Toiletries
980
1270
1500
5.3
3.4
Cleaning Products
500
570
650
2.7
2.7
Environmental Fragrance Goods
397
470
560
3.4
3.6
Beverages
364
430
500
3.4
3.1
Other
233
270
300
3.0
2.1

© 2011 by The Freedonia Group, Inc.

 


Back to Allylix, the company said it will soon launch its rare and highly valuable terpene that is structurally related to beta-vetivone, one of the key component of vetiver oil - an essential oil. Beta-vetivone has never been commercialized because it cannot be produced synthetically in a cost-effective process, according to Allylix.

Trademarked Epivone, Allylix' product is expected to gain annual  revenue between $20m and $200m based on revenues for similar terpene molecules used in fragrance applications.

Allylix expects to start production of Epivone in commercial quantities in the third quarter 2012 in applications such as cologne, hair care and personal care fragrance.

Allylix bags BASF investment

(Via ICIS Green Chemicals.)

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European Association of Students & Postdocs in Synthetic Biology (EUSynBioS)

EUSynBioSprelimLogo240The European Association of Students & Postdocs in Synthetic Biology (EUSynBioS) invites you to join its pre-launch community. The EUSynBioS initiative seeks to shape and foster a network of young researchers active the nascent scientific discipline of synthetic biology within the European Union by means of providing an integrative central resource for interaction and professional development.

Key objectives of EUSynBioS include i) the implementation of a central web platform for sharing news and opportunities relevant to members of the community as well as for academic networking, ii) the arrangement and support of events for academic exchange and professional development, iii) liaison with representatives of industry, and iv) establishment of a primary contact for collaboration and exchange with related communities of synthetic biology students and postdocs abroad.

Registering as a member is free and can be completed within 30 seconds via the following link http://www.eusynbios.org/students-and-postdocs/join Students and postdocs who register as a EUSynBioS member will be able to:
o Access a large network of young researchers in synthetic biology for academic collaboration and exchange
o Share technical resources and teaching materials
o Stay informed about relevant events such as conferences, workshops, or social outings o Browse relevant jobs in academia and industry
o Use site visits and mentoring opportunities to interact with prospective employers
o Connect with members of related communities all over the world

By registering as a member prior to the official launch of EUSynBioS, you will not only make a statement of support which will have an impact on the resources available to the community in the future; you will also be given the chance to actively shape EUSynBioS right from the start, and have an edge when applying for a position on the Steering Committee. We are looking forward to your joining us ! Christian Boehm, University of Cambridge.