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Biobased Chemicals

Start-up raises funding for superabsorbent biomolecules

by Marc Reisch
October 7, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 40

 

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Credit: Evan Dougherty/University of Michigan
Ecovia CEO Jeremy Minty holds a superabsorbent biopolymer sample.

Ecovia Renewables, a developer of biomass-derived molecules, has raised seed funding of $1.6 million. One of C&EN’s 10 Start-ups to Watch in 2017, the firm is commercializing a technology based on engineered microbes developed at the University of Michigan, which is contributing $500,000 to the investment round. Ecovia is currently developing superabsorbent polymers to be used in compostable diapers.

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