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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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The 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2010-11 | Renewable Energy News Article

"The 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2010-11

By Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest (

Each year the Biofuels Digest ranks to 50 hottest companies working in the biofuel space; here are this year's results.

Do you like this article? Email   Bookmark   Print   Feed   Share Share 4   Florida, USA -- In Florida, renewable fuels and chemicals developer Amyris took the #1 spot in the 2010-11 '50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy' rankings, published today in Biofuels Digest, the online daily bioenergy news service.

Solazyme (#2), POET (#3), LS9 (#4), Gevo (#5), DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol (#6), Novozymes (#7), Coskata (#8), Codexis (#9) and Sapphire Energy (#10) round out the top 10.

The rankings, which recognize innovation and achievement in bioenergy development, are based 50 percent on votes from a 75-member panel of international selectors, and 50 percent on votes from subscribers of Biofuels Digest and Renewable Chemicals Digest.

Ranked #11 through #20 are Virent, Mascoma, Ceres, Cobalt Technologies, Honeywell’s UOP, Enerkem, BP Biofuels, Genencor, Petrobars and Abengoa Bioenergy.

Notes on the votes

Among the Hot 50, 37 were US-based companies and 13 were from other countries. 15 are active in cellulosic ethanol development (down from 19 last year), five are developing algae-based energy solutions (down from seven last year), and 16 are producing ‘drop-in’ renewable biofuels such as biobutanol, renewable diesel, green gasoline and renewable jet fuel (up from 15 last year). 13 are developing capabilities to produce renewable chemicals.

Strategic investors such as Waste Management, Chevron, and Monsanto appeared in the rankings for the first time, while Shell advanced this year and BP Biofuels reached the top 20. DuPont was an investor in two tiop-50 companies, DDCE and Butamax.

Overall, more than 1,000 companies were eligible in the rankings and 301 companies received votes. Amyris Biotechnologies ranked #1 in the international Selector poll, while Solazyme ranked #1 in the subscriber poll.

New companies in the list this year include:

Cargill (#36), Butamax (#38), Cosan (#40), Waste Management (#42), Dynamic Fuels (#44), KiOR (#47), Chevron (#48), and Monsanto (#49).

Major positive movers this year were: LS9 (up four places to #4), Gevo (up 8, to #5), Codexis (up 26, to #9), Virent (up 10, to #11), Cobalt Technologies (up 16, to #14), Enerkem (up 9, to #16), Genencor (up 8, to #18), Joule Unlimited (up 10, to #22), Rentech (up 13, to #25), Neste (up 11, to #29), Lanzatech (up 10, to #31), Origin Oil (up 9, to #33), Cargill (unranked, to #36), SG Biofuels (up 12, to #37), and Terrabon (up 8, to #39).

‘The industry has spoken, and it appears that a successful IPO has put Amyris over the top after ranking #3 last year,’ said Jim Lane, editor and publisher of Biofuels Digest. ‘Biobutanol companies were up sharply this year, and there was a strong trend towards microbial fermentation using e.coli, yeast and algae as a platform – accounting for four of the top 5 this year. But the message from the Hot 50 this year is diversity – the range of feedstocks, fuels and processing technologies is really striking. ’

The 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2009-10 are:

Last year’s rank (2009-10)

1.            Amyris  (3)

2.            Solazyme (1)

3.           POET  (2)

4.            LS9   (8)

5.            Gevo (13)

6.            DuPont Danisco (7)

7.            Novozymes (11)

8.             Coskata (6)

9.             Codexis (35)

10.            Sapphire Energy (5)

11.             Virent (21)

12.             Mascoma (10)

13.             Ceres (28)

14.             Cobalt Technologies (30)

15.             Honeywell’s UOP (12)

16.             Enerkem (25)

17.             BP Biofuels (4)

18.             Genencor (26)

19.             Petrobras (18)

20.             Abengoa Energy (15)

21.             Qteros (22)

22.             Joule Unlimited (32)

23.             Shell (27)

24.             Bluefire Renewables (19)

25.             Rentech  (38)

26.             Algenol (24)

27.             ZeaChem (20)

28.             PetroAlgae (16)

29.             Neste (29)

30.             Synthetic Genomics (17)

31.             LanzaTech (41)

32.             Iogen (23)

33.             OriginOil (42)

34.             RangeFuels (14)

35.             ExxonMobil (29)

36.             Cargill (NR)

37.             SG Biofuels (49)

38.             Butamax (38)

39.             Terrabon (47)

40.             Cosan (NR)

41.             Verenium (9)

42.             Waste Management (42)

43.             IneosBio (36)

44.             Dynamic Fuels (NR)

45.             Fulcrum Bioenergy (48)

46.             KL Energy (34)

47.            KiOR (NR)

48.             Chevron (NR)

49.             Monsanto (NR)

50.             Inbicon  (NR)

The award winners will officially be recognized at a reception at the Digest’s Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference, in Washington DC, April 19-21, 2011.

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