Amyris Biotechnologies is a biofuel company launched in 2003 with headquarters in Emeryville, CA. The company has developed and currently is the process of increasing technology for the production of three transportation biofuels bio-gasoline, bio-diesel and bio-jet. He hopes to bring its biofuels to the market as early as 2010. The case explains how Amyris was started from a University of California, Berkeley Laboratory in 2002. The team used a novel approach to engineer microbes produce specific … Read more »

Amyris Biotechnologies is a biofuel company launched in 2003 with headquarters in Emeryville, CA. The company has developed and currently is the process of increasing technology for the production of three transportation biofuels bio-gasoline, bio-diesel and bio-jet. He hopes to bring its biofuels to the market as early as 2010. The case explains how Amyris was started from a University of California, Berkeley Laboratory in 2002. The team uses a novel approach to engineering to produce positive microbes to certain compounds, starting with an anti-malarial compound. They finally turned their focus to the fuel molecules. The case provides a comprehensive overview of the different types of biofuels existing and currently in development. It explores the pros and cons of each, compared to non-renewable fuel options.
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Robert Chess,
Claire Magat Raffaelli
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
21 pages.
Release Date: 17 April 2009. Prod #: E331-PDF-ENG
Amyris Biotechnologies HBR case solution