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What We Do

At Phycus Biotechnologies, we try to close the gap between the development of new, sustainable products and how often we see those products on store shelves.  Our goal is simple: to help consumer and industrial product companies adopt products that are actually good for the environment.  Unlike many raw materials manufactures, we take an integrated approach to developing sustainable chemical products.  We not only manufacture chemicals using our proprietary platform, but we integrate ourselves further along the value chain by collaborating with customers early on, and working with partners that help us produce derivatives, to deliver chemical products that are sustainable and affordable.   

At our core, we are a synthetic biology company.  Our in-house teams of metabolic scientists and engineers work closely to develop biocatalysts for producing renewable chemicals.  By making miniscule changes at the microscopic level to the DNA of our cell factories, we can churn out new chemical products with vastly different chemical properties.  Our unique platform, known as Orthogonal Physiology,  allows us to develop new chemistries and produce new products quickly.  All of this, means our collaborators can develop new products faster than their competitors!  


What We Make

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Phycus Biotechnologies has developed a novel biocatalyst platform that allows us to produce chemicals and chemical products.  Our engineered micro-organisms do not use sugar for growth.  Two main benefits arise:  (1) We can significantly reduce the lead time for producing new chemicals, and (2) we can increase product yields which are often notoriously bad on glucose.  Today, our product pipeline includes a variety of different molecules with different end markets.

Product Suite

Glycolic acid

Polyglycolic acid




Our Innovation

Our team of metabolic engineers and synthetic biologists have developed a transformative technology platform to produce renewable chemicals and help close the carbon cycle.  Using conventionally available technologies on the market today, we can produce drop-in chemicals.  We do this while being cost competitive, and help our customers reach their sustainability targets without paying a premium price. 

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Point Source Emissions

By using an industrial gas as a feedstock for our process, we can convert carbon dioxide at scales that are orders of magnitude greater than what's possible by using just sugars.  It also means we don't have to rely on huge amounts of fertilizer and freshwater that are necessary for growing crops to produce sugars.

Deployable Today

Our biocatalyst does not require any special bioreactor design and our process uses well proven, commercially deployed technologies.  Both these factors help us to reduce risk, and take our biocatalyst to commercial scale sooner.

Today, the flexibility in our platform means we can still use a sugar derived substrate or even waste streams that have been recycled, like antifreeze! 

Land Requirements

Corn stover has almost

3,000 lb C/acre. If all this carbon was converted to a carbon sequestering chemical at 100% efficiency, then one acre would be capable of sequestering approximately 5 tonnes of CO . Hence, a 1 Mt reduction of CO  requires 200,000 acres of land, or a piece of land 1.3 fold larger than Toronto. Our technology can capture orders of magnitude more carbon at a fraction of a land input.



Low Cost

Our process uses a renewable  energy source like solar or wind.  With the levelized cost of renewables dropping, we believe our technology is on a path to have one of the lowest production costs for renewable chemicals in the marketplace.  

Our Technology Advantage

Our Markets






Phycus Biotechnologies uses a collaborative business model, and partners with consumer and industrial product companies to develop new products and improved formulations, enabling our partners to market and sell greener products everyday.  Like many consumers, we wish to see products in store shelves that are produced sustainably.  


Today, we're focused on five key innovative product areas, representing more than $10 billion dollars of value in the global chemicals market.  Our biobased products not only offer superior performance characteristics (ex. our bioGlycolic Acid is made without formaldehyde), but we produce these products cost competitively.  By combining our alcohols, acids, and amines our chemical products can be used to produce derivatives, like esters, that find a variety of uses in high value applications.  

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