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DEINOVE and ARBIOM Aim to Develop Efficient Integrated Industrial Processes

Published on 2016-03-16. Author : SpecialChem


DEINOVE, a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria, and ARBIOM, a biotechnology company dedicated to the development of a bio-refinery process from non-food biomass, announced the start of a collaboration. Both companies decided to combine their respective technologies to provide a complete value proposition integrating different links in the biorefinery1 value chain.

Combining technologies of excellence

By combining their technologies, both emerging from French biotechnology research, the companies aim to develop more efficient integrated industrial processes in terms of performance and production costs.

•ARBIOM develops biorefinery units for the conversion of non-food biomass into fermentable sugars and lignin. The company has developed a patented process for the pretreatment and hydrolysis of plant biomass, with a particular focus on lignin-rich forest residues. It aims to provide ready-made recycling solutions to industries producing plant waste (sawmills, furniture, construction, pulp and paper industries, etc.).

•DEINOVE develops biomass hydrolysis and fermentation methods for the production of compounds of interest used in plastics, food, feed, cosmetics, etc.

Initial evaluation phase

The initial phase of the collaboration involves the characterization of the ARBIOM biomass (forestry residues pre-treated with phosphoric acid and hydrolyzed) and the evaluation of Deinococcus potential for assimilating the sugars extracted from this biomass.
Fig. 2: ARBIOM

Prior to the conclusion of the collaboration agreement with ARBIOM, the DEINOVE teams conducted assimilation tests in the laboratory, which show promising results. On this basis, further tests will be conducted to define the molecules that can be produced by fermentation.

The work could continue in the ARBIOM pilot unit in Norton, Virginia.

"Our goal is to contribute to the development of a responsible bioeconomy. This collaboration with DEINOVE broadens the range of applications of our bio-refineries and the solutions we offer to industry," said Dr. Gilles AMSALLEM, CEO of ARBIOM.

"This collaboration agreement with ARBIOM constitutes a new market potential for our technology. We are pleased that our technology also works on wood, opening the way to multiple applications for the valorization of wood residues," said Emmanuel PETIOT, CEO of DEINOVE.

1 Biorefinery is the transformation of biomass into molecules of industrial interest


ARBIOM was founded as the preferred source of competitive and sustainable C5 and C6 sugars and lignin products to established and emerging bio-based chemicals and materials industries. Arbiom unlocks new, high-value opportunities for abundant, renewable biomass to provide bio-based chemicals and materials industries with more environmentally friendly choices, effectively becoming the enabler of the sustainable bioeconomy. ARBIOM bridges the gap between non-food biomass and consumer products made with sustainable, bio-based chemicals and materials.


DEINOVE is ushering in a new era of green chemistry by designing and developing new standards of production based on bacteria of untapped potential: the Deinococci. Taking advantage of the bacteria’s unique genetic properties and unusual robustness, DEINOVE optimizes natural fermentation and metabolic capabilities of these bacterial "micro-factories" to produce high value‚Äźadded products from non-food biomass. The Company’s primary markets are 2nd-generation biofuels (DEINOL) and bio-based chemicals (DEINOCHEM). On these markets, the Company offers its technology to industrial partners globally.


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