Cleantech Insights: Blue Marble Biomaterials’ fundraising efforts boosted by partnership with Sigma-Aldrich
Published: December 9, 2010
Blue Marble Biomaterials is one of an increasing number of pure-play renewable chemical companies that are making exciting commercialisation moves. The Seattle-based company manufactures renewable specialty chemicals for the food, fragrance, cosmetics, and personal care industries and has just signed a major deal with Sigma-Aldrich Corporation to distribute several of its bio-chemicals.
Founded in 2005, the company was initially focused on the fuels market but altered its strategy about 2-3 years ago to target solely specialty chemicals. It is now using its AGATE (acid, gas and ammonia targeted extraction) technology to break down organic feedstocks like algae and food waste to make bio-chemicals.
CEO Kelly Ogilvie says the company is also in discussions with feedstock partners, including a major brewing company, which could also bring the added benefit of access to additional expertise in scaling up biotechnology processes.
Blue Marble has already demonstrated its ability to effectively produce a suite of bio-chemicals from cellulosic and other non-food biomass at its one-ton-per-day pilot facility in Seattle, and is now repurposing a 40,000-square-foot facility in Montana into a 100 metric-ton-per-month bio-based chemical plant. It is from this facility that the company expects to begin supplying Sigma-Aldrich with chemicals from early in 2011.