Bio-based Materials and Chemicals
The ability to create industrial materials from biomass is revolutionizing the chemicals, consumer products, agriculture, and food and beverages industries; with healthcare, construction, and cosmetics quickly emerging. As companies learn to wield unique biological tools, from cultivating massive amounts of biomass, to processing it via thermochemical and biological means, their products and processes benefit from new functionality, sustainable materials and practices, lower cost, and diversity of suppliers and markets.
As companies seek to commercialize bio-based alternatives to petrochemicals, they can stumble on issues ranging from the economic (performance and cost versus conventional materials) to the deeply technical (creation and use of genetically-modified organisms). Developers must deal with regional and local regulators’ and consumers’ strong views on renewability, sourcing, landfilling, and biodegradability, while developing strategies for manufacturing and distribution in China and emerging markets, managing partnerships, and evaluating intellectual property. In these areas and more, Lux Research’s on-going coverage of the bio-based materials and chemicals space helps companies:
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