Assessing Innovator Evolution in Renewable Materials and Chemicals

December 22, 2011 | State of the Market Report

Bio-based chemicals and materials are catalyzing the biggest change that the global chemicals industry has seen in decades. Surprisingly for an industry so dependent on massive scale, small technology startups are leading the way. We evaluated the technical and business strengths and weaknesses of 106 new innovators, charting their evolution towards a successful exit or early extinction. They compete in seven technology areas, from renewable feedstocks like algae, GM crops, and waste gases, to downstream processing in pyrolysis, gasification, and synthetic biology. In addition to each player’s position, each field’s evolution feels external forces like value gaps in the marketplace, government policy, investor interest, and macroeconomics.

Coverage Areas

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation
  • Bio-based Materials and Chemicals

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Green materials have arrived, thanks to innovative startups. We analyzed the business execution, technology value, and maturity of 106 of them to track the evolution of the field.
  • Analysis
    A generation of companies focused on alternatives to conventional feedstocks for materials and chemicals resolve even more clearly into leaders – and those ripe for acquisition.
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst

Kalib Kersh


Mark Bunger
Andrew Soare

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