24 Aug '11, 4pm

Genomatica, Ambient File to Raise Public Funds: The stock market may have dropped earlier this month, but the

The stock market may have dropped earlier this month, but the IPO machine cranks on. Genomatica, which engineers microorganisms to produce industrial chemicals, has filed the preliminary paperwork for an initial public offering. Meanwhile, Ambient, which produces smart grid communication gear based around public communication standards like cellular, has filed to raise $57 million. While both companies have interesting technologies, both do face very steep challenges. Genomatica, which comes from the bio corridor around the University of California San Diego, has signed development deals with companies like Mitsubishi Chemical. To date, it has raised $84 million from Dow Chemical, VantagePoint Venture Partners and others. Expert science, good clients and well-connected strategic investors and VCs--what could be wrong? Developing bio-based chemicals and selling them in larg...

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