The technology that we have over 700 patents in is in areas called PHAs, otherwise known as polyhydroxyalkanoates, and these are natural storage molecules, and I'd like to describe it. Just as the human body stores energy in the form of fat, plants and microbes store energy in the form of these PHAs, and what we have managed to do is to figure out how to produce these PHAs at commercially viable quantities and really have started to make great progress in a wide range of end-use applications for these PHAs.We produce them in two ways. In the left-hand-side, you can see a fermentation and at the end of a fermentation cycle over 80% by way of a microbe these PHAs [by way]. On the right-hand-side, because these are naturally occurring materials, we could also produce them directly in the leaf tissue of crops which offers a game-changing approach for production of chemicals and plastics.
Metabolix's CEO Presents At The Jefferies 2012 Global Industrial And A&D Conference (Transcript)
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