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Kalion was founded to take on the significant challenge of commercializing important new molecules that could be derived in a greener manner and offer significant advantages over traditional oil-based molecules. Prof. Kristala Prather at MIT decided using the Department of Energy’s Top Value-Added Chemical from Biomass Report that glucaric acid offered a significant challenge but if successful it could offer a new platform chemical that could would have much to offer the world.

Her success, with glucaric acid and the subsequent development at Kalion has created a high purity glucaric acid that now allows companies and researchers from other universities to fully exploit the unique properties of glucaric acid and related molecules.

Creating Innovative Chemicals From Biomass

We are able to use biological organisms to do powerful chemical reactions. The enzymes that biological organisms use for chemistry are much more selective allowing for a vastly superior purity of our final products. Higher purity molecules generate less waste during your production process and greater value in your final products because of the superior performance from highest quality polymers.

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Kalion Inc. Receives NSF Phase II SBIR Grant to Develop Bio-based Glucaric Acid

Milton, Massachusetts, July 30, 2020 – Kalion Inc. (pronounced KAL-LEE-ON) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase II Small Business Research (SBIR) grant for $746,822 to conduct...

Catalyzing Commercialization: High-Purity Glucaric Acid Produced by Microbes

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers published this article about Kalion, Inc. in December 2019. 

EPA Honors Winners of the 2019 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Innovative technologies decrease hazardous chemicals, reduce costs, and spur economic growth