Genomatica’s Sustainable Bio-Chemistry

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The chemical industry is a $3 trillion dollar annual revenue industry. It’s principal feedstocks are oil and natural gas. The global chemical industry consumes 8% of the world’s hydro-carbons. Bio-chemistry offers an alternative path for producing our needed plastics and other chemicals. It is based upon a feedstock grown from plants, algae and other bio-sources.

The potential for America created by a bio-chemical industry include:

  1. ENERGY INDEPENDECE from substituting American grown bio-feedstock for foreign oil
  2. JOBS for Americans producing American chemicals
  3. CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS by reducing hydro-carbon emissions.

Flowing into this opportunity is a new generation of cleantech early stage companies offering technologies that hold the promise of realizing these benefits. At the recently held Always On-Going Green Conference a company called Genomatica pitched their bio-chemistry technology to a room filled with very interested venture capitalists. The following video interview with Genomatica’s CEO Christophe Schilling outlines his vision for sustainable chemistry:

Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017 and author of The Secret Green Sauce that profiles best practices of actual companies growing green revenues.

First Green Business Coach for Entrepreneur.com. Founder of EARTH 2017, a website posting economic analysis on disruptive trends impacting communities and businesses. President of NCCT, a consulting company that coaches CEOs and business owners on pricing and marketing best practices proven to win the millennial generation, and their moms, as customers.