BioChemicals
Oct. 5, 2016 - The use of biochar in agriculture improves soil fertility, especially in tropical regions, and mitigates greenhouse gas emissions. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF studied the positive impact of the "fertiliser of the future" on ecosystems and nutrient cycles.
Sept. 12, 2016 - BioAmber Inc. has announced that it has closed on a $25 million loan from Bridging Finance Inc., acting as sub-advisor to the Sprott Bridging Income Fund LP. Proceeds from the loan will be used to retire an $8 million loan from Tennenbaum Capital Partners, with the balance applied to general corporate purposes. The loan does not contain any convertible features or warrants.
Sept. 7, 2016 - The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today released the new report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond,” documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry.
Aug. 23, 2016 - The Ontario government is investing $4.5 million to help FPInnovations establish a fully functioning bio-refinery plant in Thunder Bay.
Aug. 10, 2016 - BioAmber reported yesterday sales at its bio-succinic plant in Sarnia, Ont., in the second quarter are on track with the company's expectations, having increased 637 per cent from one year ago due to an increase in production. 
June 30, 2016 – Novozymes will deliver enzymes for DONG Energy’s coming REnescience plant in Northwich in the northwest of England. It will be the first full-scale bio plant in the world capable of handling household waste by means of enzymes.
June 6, 2016 - A zero-waste manufacturing process has long been a dream for industries, especially in areas where businesses believe their byproducts hold great potential.
May 30, 2016 - Licella Fibre Fuels Pty Ltd. (Licella) and Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (CPPI), through its subsidiary Canfor Pulp Ltd., (Canfor Pulp) have signed an agreement to form a joint-venture under the name "Licella Pulp Joint Venture.”
May 19, 2016 - AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.
May 6, 2016 – BioTalent Canada today announced the winner for its first ‘Catalyst’ Award, for the young employee who contributed most significantly to their Canadian biotechnology employer in the past year.
April 30, 2016 - Comet Biorefining has locked in an important customer for its planned biomass plant in Sarnia.
April 26, 2016 - BioAmber Inc., a leader in renewable materials, announced that its Canadian subsidiary BioAmber Sarnia Inc., a joint venture with Mitsui & Co., has secured a CAD$10 million loan from BDC Capital (BDCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
April 26, 2016 – FPInnovations is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Serge Constantineau to the position of research manager of its SM2 Initiative effective April 25, 2016. The SM2 initiative will oversee research and development of advanced manufacturing technologies that have the potential to impact the global forest sector. These technologies are expected to maximize the usage of fibre currently being harvested and enable the creation of innovative bioproducts from the sub-product material produced during the manufacturing process.
April 18, 2016 - S2G BioChemicals (S2G), a Vancouver-based developer of natural chemical conversion technologies, has announced that the company initiated production today of fossil-free bio-based glycols at the Memphis, Tenn. site of the company's operating partner, Pennakem LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Minafin Group.
March 28, 2016 – Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative, an Ontario-based farmer’s cooperative, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Comet Biorefining to collaborate on the development of a sustainable agricultural biomass supply chain in southwestern Ontario.
March 22, 2016 - FPInnovations has developed a unique process for the production of cellulose filaments from natural pulp fibres. The process involves mechanical peeling, does not require the use of chemicals or enzymes, and does not produce effluents, making it environmentally friendly and well-suited for the Canadian forest industry. Cellulose filaments obtained by this process have unique features, including sub-micron widths, very high aspect ratios, high flexibility, high surface area, and high bonding potential. They have been shown to be excellent strengthening agents, bringing significant improvement in the wet-web and dry strength of tissue, towel, printing and writing, and specialty paper grades. Applications in composite and other non-paper products are also being explored.
March 8, 2016 - Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has awarded Comet Biorefining, Inc. a grant of $10.9 million for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced bio-based chemicals plant. Located in Sarnia, Ont., the plant will use proprietary conversion technology to transform corn stover, an agricultural residue, into high-purity dextrose sugar.
March 8, 2016 - Two AIberta Innovates corporations have teamed up to provide funding for research and development projects that advance the knowledge and use of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), an advanced biomaterial.
March 1, 2016 - There are exciting times ahead for farmers in the Sarnia, Ont. area following the announcement of a new biomass plant that will convert agricultural byproducts into sugars used in the production of environmentally-friendly chemicals and plastics. 
February 22, 2016 - One of the owners of the NHL Arizona Coyotes has joined the board of directors for BioAmber Inc., a leader in renewable materials. George F.J. Gosbee joined the company's board of directors effective today, replacing Henry "Pete" Linsert, Jr. who resigned his board seat for personal reasons.

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