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Kalion and the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry Join Forces to Create High-Value Technologies Derived from Low-Cost Glucaric Acid

Kalion-and-the-Warner-Babcock-Institute-for-Green-Chemistry-Join-Forces MILTON, Mass. and WILMINGTON, Mass., March 4, 2016  — The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC (WBI) and Kalion, Inc. (Kalion) announce their collaboration to create and develop prototypes for a wide array of novel technologies derived from glucaric acid.

“We are delighted to join forces with WBI given their remarkable track record in rapidly driving innovation from idea through feasibility to commercialization,” said Darcy Prather, President of Kalion.  “We anticipate that WBI’s glucaric acid-derived prototypes will serve as the foundation for future joint-development (JDA) opportunities with commercialization partners.”

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to collaborate with Kalion,” said Joe Pont, CEO of WBI.  “Our partnership with Kalion is ideal given their proprietary fermentation processes that provide ready access to the particularly tailorable glucaric acid family of molecules.

Kalion is an industrial biotech company that will transform the traditional chemical industry by providing low-cost access to glucaric acid and S-3-hydroxybutyrolactone (3-HBL) using traditional and green fermentation technology. Glucaric acid and 3-HBL were identified as “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass,” and multi-billion dollar markets for use of the two chemicals are limited by cost and availability.  For more information, visit

The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC is an invention factory that creates new technologies across all industries that are touched by chemistry.  WBI was co-founded in 2007 by Dr. John C. Warner and Jim Babcock. Warner is recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, and one of the co-authors Green Chemistry:  Theory and Practice, a book that has revolutionized conventional wisdom in chemistry.  WBI’s successful application of Green Chemistry is invariably based on the principle that safety and sustainability are inseparable from superior performance and cost.  For more information, please visit Learn about the products that Kalion produces and how they create chemicals from Biomass.

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