Amyris, Queensland Govt create industrial biotech hub in Asia

Amyris, Queensland Govt to create industrial biotech hub in Asia

12:03 PM, 7th December 2016

EMERYVILLE, US/ BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: Amyris Inc and the Government of Queensland, Australia have entered into a partnership to create a south-east hub of sustainable ingredients production for the rapidly-growing personal care sector in Asia while supporting Queensland's local economy and sugarcane industry.

The collaboration aims to develop a new production plant with support from local partners. The plant will produce Amyris's high-value personal care and nutraceutical actives, as well as farnesene-derivative products.

Worldwide, key trends are driving expansion in the market for sustainable ingredients that are natural and plant-derived rather than animal derived, and that are efficient and pure, yet offer high-performing characteristics. With economic expansion and growing consumer demand for high-quality skin care and nutraceutical products in Asian countries, this market is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world for Amyris products and technology.

Amyris ingredients are naturally derived from sustainable sources and are delivering disruptive performance to its partner companies and to their consumers. Many of these companies are based in Asian countries and have significant current and projected growth.

The combination of Amyris, the world's leading industrial biotechnology with domain expertise in advanced biomanufacturing of sustainable products in partnership with Queensland to support additional manufacturing capacity and access to its local highly educated workforce and sugarcane is anticipated to create a leading source of product and strong economic development for the region.

The first plant begins producing in 2020 for South-east Asian markets, it is anticipated that $60-$80 million in annual revenue would be generated. This would potentially give a 2-3-year payback for investors in the production plant.

Amyris and the Government of Queensland are actively working on this program to facilitate pathways for the development of a commercial plant and production. Through this alignment of each parties' common goals, clear lines have been established and first industrial production of product at the new production facility is expected to occur in 2020.

"Amyris will enhance Queensland's reputation as a supportive investment location for the industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector. The Queensland Government is committed to continuing to work with Amyris and will assist in connecting the company with local suppliers and businesses," said The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland.

"We're delighted to working with Queensland to facilitate the creation of what we expect will be a leading Industrial Biotechnology hub supplying growing demand in Southeast Asia," said John Melo, president & CEO of Amyris.

“We expect this to be our first large-scale implementation of our capital light growth model, where we bring the technology and the end customers and our partners fund and operate the manufacturing. This model enables us to create more opportunities to provide sustainable products for a better planet," added John Melo.

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