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Gevo secures US patent for isobutanol production

EBR Staff Writer Published 07 December 2011

Gevo has received a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on another aspect of its yeast technology.

Gevo's yeast technology that enables the low-cost, high-yield production of biobased isobutanol.

Gevo was awarded US Patent No 8,017,358, covering additional Methods of Increasing Dihydroxy Acid Dehydratase Activity to Improve Production of Fuels, Chemicals, and Amino Acids.

Gevo EVP & General Counsel Brett Lund said this invention further details and protects the innovations contained in the Gevo yeast organism to turn an industrial yeast strain into a highly efficient cell factory to produce isobutanol.

"We continue to expect the breadth and strength of our patent estate to grow considerably over the coming months as our patent applications convert into issued patents," Lund said.

Gevo is a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company.

Gevo is converting existing ethanol plants into biorefineries to make renewable building block products for the chemical and fuel industries.