Bacteria-produced acrylic may propel OPX
Getting bacteria to produce a key ingredient for diapers and paint may seem like magic, but that was just the beginning for OPX Biotechnologies Inc.
The Boulder-based company spent four years genetically modifying industrial bacteria and coaxing them into producing acrylic at commercial scale — enough for the company to be a supplier to the $10 billion worldwide market for acrylics.
That accomplishment may be only months away. And in developing its bio-acrylic technology, OPX Bio is laying the groundwork to get bacteria to make products for an even bigger market — biofuels.