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.
We manage the company all around these PHA capabilities in three platforms. From going from left to right, they are in order of timing towards commercialization.
First is a family of bioplastics, which we call Mirel and these are biopolymers which can be molded into parts flow into bags, turned into phones, and I'll get into the details in a few minutes, but it's been proving technical at commercial scale. Just recently, we announced the Letter of Intent to introduce manufacturing of these materials with a company called Antibioticos, and we are aiming for production in 2013, as we bring these materials to market.The second platform is an industrial chemicals platform, and this is a bit different and that the materials we produce here are the same chemicals that you find the market today except they are produced by renewable sources instead of petroleum based, so these cases either is what they call drop in chemicals, and here we've got a series of families working in all based on the same competency for the Mirel family of materials and we've announced the relationship with the company called CJ BIO, a Korean industrial biotechnology company.
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