Lygos Utilizes Environmental Benign Fermentation Technology to Produce Malonic Acid

By CIOReview | Friday, March 13, 2015

EMERYVILLE, CA: Lygos, a biotechnology chemical, announces that it has successfully accomplished pilot-scale production of malonic acid from biomass-derived sugar with the use of its fermentation technology.

Malonic acid, a high-value specialty chemical, can be used to produce various types of pharmaceuticals, flavors, fragrances and specialty materials. There are over $1Bn in derivative specialty and commodity chemicals formed with the help of malonic acid.

Earlier, Lygos used petrochemical process along with chloroacetic acid and expensive sodium cyanide  that is hazardous for environment. The company now replaces petroleum production process with fermentation technology, reduces carbon dioxide emission and removes toxic inputs for the production of malonic acid at decreased cost and less consumed energy.

Fermentation technology utilizes microorganisms including yeast and bacteria to generate enzymes that create compound to apply in energy, material, pharmaceutical, chemical and the food industry. The process is environmental friendly and scalable.