EMERYVILLE, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2011)—Amyris Inc. and Michelin have agreed to collaborate in the development and commercialization of renewable isoprene, the chemical building block used in synthetic and natural rubbers.
The companies said they will partner to contribute funding and technical resources to develop Amyris' technology to produce isoprene from renewable feedstocks.
Amyris expects to begin to commercialize this isoprene in 2015 for use in tires and other specialty chemical applications such as adhesives, coatings and sealants. Michelin is committed to off-take volumes on a 10 years basis.
In addition, Amyris retains the right to market its renewable isoprene to other customers. Amyris will sell the material under the name, Amyris No Compromise.