Erickson, B., Nelson, J.E. & Winters, P. Perspective on opportunities in industrial biotechnology in renewable chemicals. Biotechnol. J. 7(2), 176–185

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Washington, DC, USA.
Biotechnology Journal (Impact Factor: 3.49). 02/2012; 7(2):176-85. DOI: 10.1002/biot.201100069
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From biomass to renewable chemicals: while industrial biotechnology offers a clear value proposition, a number of hurdles need to be addressed to fully realize the commercial potential of bio-based products and chemicals over the coming decade. A review of an early roadmap for biological production of chemicals from renewable sugars reveals a focus on those that would provide co-products for integrated biorefineries producing biofuels and bioenergy. A growing number of companies are now focusing on specialty chemicals as an entry point to build the bio-based economy.

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    • "The genomic and metabolic diversity of prokaryotic domains of life is an extraordinary source for the development of innovative bio-based products of a high application value (Erickson et al. 2012; Buschke et al. 2013; Cragg and Newman 2013; He et al. 2014; Yu 2014). Marine environments contain an exceptional biodiversity generated and supported by a diversified range of special substrates and extreme conditions, such as high and low temperatures, extreme pH values, elevated salinities, pressure, and even irradiation. "
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