PALO ALTO, Calif. (March 11, 2009)—Genencor has supplied Goodyear with its BioIsoprene product, which provides an alternative to petrochemically derived isoprene.
The two companies announced six months ago that they would work together to make isoprene from genetically modified organisms, rather than from fossil resources.
Rich LaDuca, senior director of business development at Genencor, said this signifies a new era in biochemicals and opens the door to a future where tires and many other products will be produced with renewable materials.
The two organizations are collaborating on designing an integrated production system for BioIsoprene product and are on schedule to meet both technological and commercial milestones within the agreement. Commercial availability of the product is planned for 2013.