Amyris to Begin Selling Biofene Online at Farnesene.net
Making Farnesene Widely Available to Accelerate Development of New Renewable
Products and Applications
EMERYVILLE, Calif., April 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amyris, Inc.
(Nasdaq:AMRS), a leading synthetic biology innovator and renewable products
company, today announced it has begun selling Biofene®, Amyris's brand of
farnesene, a long-chain branched hydrocarbon, online at farnesene.net. By
making initial quantities of its building block molecule available to a
broader audience, Amyris seeks to expand Biofene's use beyond the commercial
applications the Company and its partners are already developing.
"We want to make our renewable hydrocarbon building block molecule widely
available to create new products and applications. We expect to accelerate
Amyris's commercialization by simplifying access to high-purity, renewable
farnesene," said John Melo, Amyris's President & CEO.
Amyris is now selling Biofene through its website in 1 kilogram lot sizes
(about a quarter of a gallon). Biofene (trans-beta-Farnesene, E,E-Farnesene,
CAS 18794-84-8) is a 15 carbon, long-chain, branched, unsaturated hydrocarbon
manufactured by the fermentation of plant-sugars using Amyris's engineered
"This innovative approach is complementary to our current strategy for growing
existing products – such as our Neossance™ Squalane, renewable fuels, base
oils and monomers for the tire industry, all of which are produced from our
farnesene," concluded Melo.
Biofene offers unique physical properties and chemical reactivity for new
materials and for a variety of applications, including adhesives, surfactants,
resins, coatings, vitamin precursors, performance materials and crop
protection. Farnesene is an essential oil that is found in small quantities in
some plants such as apples, but Amyris has developed a proprietary technology
to produce farnesene at industrial scale.
Visit farnesene.net today for additional information and special introductory
Amyris is an integrated renewable products company focused on providing
sustainable alternatives to a broad range of petroleum-sourced products.
Amyris uses its industrial synthetic biology platform to convert plant sugars
into a variety of molecules -- flexible building blocks that can be used in a
wide range of products. Amyris is commercializing these products both as No
Compromise® renewable ingredients in cosmetics, flavors and fragrances,
polymers, lubricants and consumer products, and also as No Compromise
renewable diesel and jet fuel. Amyris Brasil Ltda., a subsidiary of Amyris,
oversees the establishment and expansion of Amyris' production in Brazil. More
information about Amyris is available at www.amyris.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements, and any statements other
than statements of historical facts could be deemed to be forward-looking
statements. These forward-looking statements include, among other things,
statements regarding future events (such as expansion of commercial
applications for Biofene, and creation of new products from, and acceleration
of commercialization efforts for, Biofene) that involve risks and
uncertainties. These statements are based on management's current expectations
and actual results and future events may differ materially due to risks and
uncertainties, including those associated with potential complications in the
launch of a new product sales initiative, uncertainty regarding demand levels
for Biofene, Amyris's reliance on third parties to achieve its goals, and
other risks detailed in the "Risk Factors" section of Amyris' quarterly report
on Form 10-K filed on April 2, 2014. Amyris disclaims any obligation to update
information contained in these forward-looking statements whether as a result
of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Amyris, the Amyris logo, Biofene, Neossance, and No Compromise are trademarks
or registered trademarks of Amyris, Inc.
CONTACT: Amyris, Inc.
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