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Jeff Ubersax knows yeast.
The chief executive officer of Demetrix studied yeast genetics and biochemistry in school and was an early employee at Amyris Biotechnologies, a technology company that was using fermentation to make biofuels back in the early days of the first clean technology boom back in 2008.
Technology - Ubersax - Jay - Keasling - Professor
Now, the same technology that Ubersax and Jay Keasling, the celebrated professor from the University of California at Berkeley who co-founded Amyris and Demetrix, used to make biofuels is being applied to the production of cannabis.
The company launched with an $11 million seed round led by Horizons Ventures, a Hong Kong-based investment fund backed by the multi-billionaire real estate mogul Li Ka-shing, to begin commercializing the technology that Keasling had been researching in his lab.
Goal - Process - Yeasts - Range - Cannabinoids
The goal was to refine a process that would enable yeasts to make a range of cannabinoids that are found in the marijuana plant which could be used to...
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