CIRCA: LEADERS IN RENEWABLE CHEMISTRY CONVENE FOR THE LAUNCH OF CIRCA INSTITUTE
OSLO, NORWAY - 23 MARCH 2023 - Circa Group AS (stock symbol: CIRCA) is bringing
together leading figures from industry and academia to mark the launch of the
Circa Renewable Chemistry Institute.
Today at the historic King's Manor, the University of York will host industry
leaders, innovative practitioners and research expertise to officially launch
the Circa Renewable Chemistry Institute (CRCI). Professor James Clark will chair
a panel, including OQEMA, Croda, Synthomer and the Chemical Industries
Association. They will explore the barriers and critical success factors in the
adoption of renewable chemistry. The programme also includes guest speakers
Professor Boelo Schuur from the University of Twente and Dr Jane Murray, Global
Head of Green Chemistry at Merck.
Based at the University of York, the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE)
has played a key role in the development and commercialisation of CyreneTM,
Circa's flagship bio-based solvent. Building on that advanced knowledge and
experience, the CRCI was established in 2022 to drive forward research and seek
new breakthrough products and processes, reflecting the important role of
renewable chemistry in the urgent shift to more sustainable industry.
"This is an important step forward as we develop markets for CyreneTM" said Nick
Smith, Head of Development and Commercialisation for Circa. "The CRCI is the
logical progression of our longstanding partnership with the University of York.
Market leaders will have access to expert support in application and process
development, as they move manufacturing processes to safer and more sustainable
products such as CyreneTM."
Established in 2006, Circa Group converts sustainable, non-food biomass into
advanced bio-based chemicals with its proprietary FuracellTM process. Its
developing product portfolio includes flavours, biopolymers, and bio-solvents
including CyreneTM. By creating renewable chemicals from cellulose, Circa is
extracting value from non-food biomass and addressing a gap in the market by
providing bio-based, less carbon intensive alternatives, contributing to a more
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