Agrivida Welcomes Visit by US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu

posted - JUN 22, 2012



MEDFORD, Mass., June 22, 2012—Agrivida, Inc. is pleased to welcome U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu, today to tour the company and be briefed on its progress in developing non-food biomass feedstocks  for the renewable fuels, chemicals and other industries nationwide. The company has developed a proprietary INzymeTM platform of dormant enzymes, which accumulate in biomass crops such as corn stover or other plants—and are then activated during processing. This approach greatly reduces pretreatment processing and chemical costs normally associated with glucose production from cellulose--a fundamental step in the industrial manufacture of ethanol, and other cellulosic fuels, chemicals, and related materials.


"Agrivida is positioned to be a major player in delivering more efficient and less costly means of renewable energy generation, while reducing capital and operating costs; we appreciate the opportunity to brief Secretary Chu on our scientific progress," said Mark Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Agrivida.


Recently, Agrivida announced that the company has launched its first field production in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-regulated field trials.  Materials from these trials will be used in larger-scale application trials to refine both field performance and processing characteristics of Agrivida modified feedstocks.


Benefits of the INzymeTM technology are expected to include the ability to introduce plants with traits engineered for specific chemical processes; and the expansion of second generation cellulosic biofuels and other products within existing infrastructure.


"Agrivida represents significant investments from both government and private capital sources looking to establish innovative energy resources needed to secure our nation's energy independence," said Wong. "INzymeTM technology, when commercialized, will allow numerous industries in the United States and worldwide to better leverage non-food agricultural resources for energy and chemical manufacture--at lower costs to consumers, and the environment."


Agrivida, Inc., headquartered in Medford, Mass., is the commercial leader in developing improved crops with enzyme expression for production of biofuels and bioproducts from non-food agricultural residues and dedicated biomass crops. The company has entered into research and development agreements with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), ARPA–E, the USDA, and other partner companies. With expertise in protein engineering, molecular biology, plant biotechnology, agronomy, and chemical engineering, Agrivida is leading the industry in the development of innovative, sustainable crops and processes to meet energy needs and protect the environment. Additional information on the company can be found at www.Agrivida.com.




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