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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 completes first, full-scale glucaric acid production

Industrial biotech company presents update and additional growth plan at leading industry conference

Building a better chemical factory—out of microbes

Metabolic engineers have a problem: cells are selfish. The scientists want to use microbes to produce chemical compounds for industrial applications. The microbes prefer to concentrate on their own...

Kalion Inc. Teams with Agile BioFoundry To Win DOE Grant to Advance Bio-based Glucaric Acid

Kalion Inc. (pronounced KAL-LEE-ON), along with 8 other companies, was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive $5.7 million in funding with the Agile BioFoundry consortium...