France has great Synthetic Biology Biotech companies. Paris-based Global Bioenergies carried out the first isobutene production trial in its industrial pilot of Pomacle-Bazancourt in the east of France. Two other companies, Deinove and Fermentalg are growing extremely fast, and giant Total is investing massively in the field. Is France on the good way to become European leader?
Global Bioenergies successfully run their first production run of isobutane at industrial scale, which was initiated on November 3rd, 2014. It focus on the development of a fermentation process that targets gaseous isobutene since 2008. Proof of concept was obtained in 2009 and the company built a prototype in 2010. They signed agreements with major industrial partners including German car manufacturer Audi and Arkema, and are valued €100M on NYSE-Euronext. (Thank you LaBiotech Map for all these precious financial data).
This major milestone is a key step but the process now needs to be adapted to an industrial environment, which is the biggest challenge for industrial Biotech companies.