Renmatix acquires former Mascoma production unit

By Renmatix Inc. | May 06, 2015

Renmatix Inc., the global leader in affordable cellulosic sugars for renewable chemicals and fuels markets, announced that it has acquired existing assets of the former Mascoma Corp.’s 56,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Rome, New York. The new feedstock processing facility (FPF) is dedicated to the first step in conversion to cellulosic sugar (from different types of biomass materials) utilizing proprietary Plantrose process conditions. The FPF opened officially on April 20, as the third U.S. location for Renmatix. This move creates a secure supply for Renmatix and its development partners at the IPC in Kennesaw, Georgia, where the second step in production of Plantro sugars is performed.

The deal is the most recent in a series of strategic moves and prominent milestones for Renmatix over the last nine months, including: a series D investment from French energy group Total, the acquisition of Sweden-based REAC’s intellectual property portfolio, and a significant expansion of the company’s integrated Plantrose complex (IPC) facility in Georgia. Each of these transactions advance Renmatix on its path to commercialization of the Plantrose technology, including fulfillment and execution of previously announced joint development agreements with key licensing partners. Expansion of biomass processing, on-going partner production runs, and integration across the supply chain, serve in anticipation of commercial biorefinery investment activity by Plantrose licensees.

“This acquisition strengthens the company and our value proposition for investors and partner licensees,” said Mike Hamilton, CEO of Renmatix. “In addition to standard technical or IP based investments and acquisitions, the opportunity to acquire the former Mascoma location and equipment allows us to economically utilize a broad range of biomass, and further optimize the operating conditions in our Plantrose process. This new equipment in our Rome location gives us increased flexibility and quality control that can be applied across multiple feedstocks.”

The company has hired 12 full-time employees locally, as it begins operations in Rome. “We’re pleased to welcome Renmatix, an accomplished leader and enabler of bioindustrial technology,” said Anthony J. Picente, Jr., Oneida County executive. “This is a real positive for the City of Rome and the County as we continue to build our economic vitality through an increasingly diversified industrial hub.”