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Amyris Scales First Fermentation-Based Cannabinoid

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Sept. 1, 2020 /CNW/ — Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRS), a leading synthetic biotechnology company in Clean Health and Beauty markets through its consumer brands, and a top supplier of sustainable and natural ingredients, today announced that it has successfully scaled up the commercial production of Cannabigerol (CBG) leveraging its industrial fermentation process capability.

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Amyris expects to deliver about one ton of high purity CBG through fermentation as an alternative to the traditional production method of extraction from the Cannabis sativa L. plant. First commercial revenue from the sale of this molecule is anticipated this year as an ingredient in applications that are excluded from Amyris’s current collaboration agreements. Product margins are anticipated to operate above the current industry average realized by existing publicly traded CBD suppliers.

CBG is the precursor from which all other cannabinoids are synthesized and is often referred to as the “stem cell” of cannabinoids. CBG is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and presents significant therapeutic potential, making it a subject of great interest for researchers and consumers alike. Amyris’s fermentation process is well-positioned to result in the lowest cost CBG with higher purity (no THC), which is expected to unlock CBG’s adoption.

Early testing on skin models demonstrates advantaged performance of CBG for various topical indications over CBD. Furthermore, the combination of CBG with Amyris’s sugar cane-based squalene provides some of the highest efficacy results for topical applications. Early studies indicate that CBG has the potential to deliver better efficacy than CBD in about one third of current CBD topical applications.

Eduardo Alvarez, Chief Operating Officer.

John Melo, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is the tenth product we deliver at scale through our fermentation platform, and reaffirms the continued expansion of our portfolio and our growth ambition to provide sustainably and economically produced natural ingredients.”

www.amyris.com.” data-reactid=”34″>About Amyris
Amyris (Nasdaq: AMRS) is a science and technology leader in the research, development and production of sustainable ingredients for the Clean Health & Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets. Amyris uses an impressive array of exclusive technologies, including state-of-the-art machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence. Our ingredients are included in over 3,000 products from the world’s top brands, reaching more than 200 million consumers. Amyris is proud to own three consumer brands – all built around its No Compromise® promise of clean ingredients: Biossance™ clean beauty skincare, Pipette™ clean baby skincare and Purecane™, a zero-calorie sweetener naturally derived from sugarcane. For more information, please visit www.amyris.com.

Amyris, the Amyris logo, No Compromise, Biossance, Pipette, and Purecane are trademarks or registered trademarks of Amyris, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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