SAN DIEGO, Sept. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genomatica has been named the 2013 winner of the prestigious Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award for its successful commercialization of its bio-based process for the production of 1,4-butanediol (BDO), a widely-used chemical. Awarded every other year since 1933 by Chemical Engineering magazine, the Kirkpatrick Award recognizes the most noteworthy chemical engineering technology commercialized anywhere in the world during the prior two years, and involves over 100 senior professors that head accredited university chemical engineering departments around the world. Genomatica joins a distinguished set of companies that have helped shape broad portions of the modern chemical industry.
Genomatica delivered a chemical engineering breakthrough in 2012 by producing BDO in a cost-competitive, 'direct' fermentation process at commercial scale from renewable feedstocks, while meeting demanding quality and economic specifications. Multiple large partners have validated the application usability of BDO made with Genomatica's process, including Lanxess, Toray and Far Eastern New Century, while BASF and Novamont have licensed Genomatica's process for renewable BDO. Genomatica has also successfully run its process at five sites worldwide, to date, validating the repeatability, consistency and transferability of its technology.
The Kirkpatrick Award's recognition of process maturity, commercial readiness and industry significance shine a spotlight on Genomatica as a technology-focused enabler for the mainstream chemical industry with new, advantaged process technologies and the core engineering strengths to apply its advanced science to real production plants. This award complements extensive recognition from the scientific community, highlighted by the EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award; from industrial biotech by being voted #1 Hottest two years in a row by Biofuels Digest readers; from chemical industry and business experts for innovation, from both ICIS and the technology-innovation-award%2F">Wall Street Journal; and for corporate culture, as a Best Place to Work, twice, by The Scientist.