MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – 2 June 2017 – Australian biotechnology company Circa Group is proud to announce that its biosolvent Cyrene® won the ‘Bio-based Chemial Innovation of the Year’ award. The news was announced yesterday at conference ‘Bio-based Live Europe’ and was one of two ‘Bio-based Innovation Awards 2017’ given out on the night.
Biosolvent Cyrene® is a bio-based alternative to polar aprotic solvents such as NMP, DCM and DMF, which are under regulatory pressure worldwide due to their toxicity. Cyrene® was developed by Circa in conjunction with along with Prof James Clark's Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) at the University of York and Merck KGaA.
Cyrene® has a unique property set, including viscosity, surface tension and polarities, which makes it an interesting prospect for producing advanced materials. Like all of Circa’s advanced bio-based chemicals, Cyrene® is created from waste biomass with Circa’s proprietary FuracellTM process – proven over seven years and four pilot plants. By creating renewable chemicals from cellulose, Circa is extracting value from waste biomass and addressing a gap in the market by providing bio-based, non-toxic, high-performance alternatives.
Tony Duncan, CEO and co-founder of Circa Group, said, “Along with colleagues from GCCE and Sigma-Aldrich, we are delighted that Cyrene® has been rewarded as a bio-based innovation. All results to date indicate Cyrene® is a safer, healthier, high-performance alternative to traditional solvents and it continues to surprise researchers with its unique properties. We are glad that its exciting potential continues to be recognised.”