Friday, March 18, 2011

New face of Amyris, Solazyme: cosmetics

Bay Area biofuels companies have taken an unexpected turn into cosmetics, but the beauty of that may be in the eye of the beholder.
Solazyme, a South Francisco algae oil producer, this month debuted its first branded skin care products, the Algenist line of moisturizers, serums and eye balm. The new cosmetics contain compounds produced from the same technology platform that Solazyme uses to produce algae-derived diesel and jet fuel.
Emeryville-based Amyris Biotech­nologies, meanwhile, has landed its first customer for the renewable compound it produces for cosmetics.

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