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Hot Spots: The Top 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in California

Submitted by on August 31, 2017 – 10:24 amNo Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The sexy PR is almost always and rightly focused on San Francisco and its environs — but some of the largest industrialization efforts for advanced technology take place in the rural areas that provide the feedstock, infrastructure and an expansive place to do business. The advanced labs of the National Lab system, the universities, the rural sites for commercialization — these are all a unique part of California’s bursting, booming bioeconomy — and we highlight them today.

1. Emeryville/Berkeley


Who’s there in Emeryville and its immediate neighbor, Berkeley? Organizations like Amyris, Total New Energies, iMicrobes, Mango Materials, Caribou Biosciences, Kiverdi, Lygos, Lawrence Berkeley’s Advanced Biofuels Process Development Unit, Slingshot Biosciences, The Joint BioEnergy Institute, Dagamite, 6SensorLabs and Radiant Genomics.

There’s Caribou Biosciences with its revolutionary CRISPR-Cas technology for gene editing, which most recently raised $44.6m. There’s Perfect Day, with milk crafted without the cow — more nutritious, safe, and sustainable than factory-farmed dairy. There’s Ripple Foods, which also makes a milk product from pea protein.

2. Silicon Valley: from Redwood City to San Jose via Palo Alto

In June, we reported that Stanford University scientists reported on a promising technology to make renewable ethanol from water, carbon dioxide and electricity delivered through a copper catalyst.

3. San Diego

Now, we move downstate towards the Mexican border, where San Diego has become the international home of advanced algae research and a lot more. Think Genomatica and Synthetic Genomics as a starting point for perennially disruptive companies with big projects and name-brand global partners.

The Crop revolution has a nexus in San Diego, too — among notables are the cluster of companies backed by Finistere Ventures such as ZeaKal — but also there’s long-time, now established leader Cibus (more here), which has developed plant and microbial platforms enabling it to become a world leader in advanced breeding technologies, generally, and advanced non-transgenic breeding, specifically.

The research hubs are US San Diego, the University of San Diego and also San Diego State

5. Sacramento/Davis

No survey of California Hot Spots would be complete without recognizing the strong catalytic role of Sacramento and especially the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, administered by the California Air Resources Board, and the California Energy Commission.

This week, news arrived from Sacramento that the California Energy Commission is offering a $3 million grant funding opportunity entitled Renewable Intermediate Fuel Production for Jet Fuel in Heavy-Duty Transportation Sector. Complete details are here.

. San Francisco and environs

6. Keyes

7. Madera

8. Ft. Hunter Liggett and China Lake

9. Los Angeles and the Inland Empire

10. At Sea: The Catalina Channel


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