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Flame retardants and your furniture: What you should know about this “hot” topic

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You may have heard a lot about flame retardants and furniture lately. Let’s break down what the buzz is about and what you need to know.

The Superplant That May Finally Topple the Rubber Monopoly

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Yulex Feature in Wired Magazine:
Southeast of Phoenix, a company called Yulex is growing new breeds of guayule, a desert scrub that, with a little help from gene sequencing techniques, could finally break the Asian rubber monopoly.

Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine Features Yulex CEO


Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine covers Yulex CEO & co-founder Jeff Martin in their latest issue devoted to startups and entreprenuers.

Its feature “Entrepreneurial Upstarts” focused on alumni who stand poised to disrupt with innovation-driven businesses, includes Jeff’s startup path and some of his words of wisdom:

“What’s served me the most over the years was getting as much experience as possible in different business areas beyond my technical background in engineering,” Martin says. “I think entrepreneurs often have to go out of their comfort zones to succeed.”

Jeff was inducted into Georgia Tech’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. He now also serves on the Advisory Board to the College of Materials Science and Engineering. Jeff received his degree in engineering from the university.

Yulex Named Among Top 35 Hottest in Advanced Bioeconomy


Yulex takes the #23 spot in The Digest’s 2015 “35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Supply.”

The annual rankings recognize innovation and achievement in fuels and intergrated biorefinery development. The rankings honor “optimal combinations of visibility and credibility.”

The rankings were spun out from the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy and the 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy rankings.

Yulex was #5 this year in the 40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy and #28 in the 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals and Biomaterials.

The Critical Need for Chemical Safety Reform

Next-generation per-or poly-fluorochemicals, knows as PFCs, are used in grease-resistant food wrappers, waterproof clothing, stain- and water-resistant coatings for carpets and furniture as well as many other products. Few have been tested for safety, and the names, composition and health effects of most are hidden as trade secrets. Read the full Environmental Working Group’s “Poisoned Legacy” report to learn more about the need for the EPA and governments worldwide to thoroughly assess and control the hazards of next-generation PFCs. Support toxic-free products! The EWG also has a guide to avoiding ‪PFCs.

Jeff Martin Named “125 Top People in the Advanced Bioeconomy”


Jeff Martin, Yulex co-founder & CEO, is listed as a top executive in the The Digest’s 2015 rankings for the “125 Top People in the Advanced Bioeconomy.” In the annual rankings, voters reward commercial deployments at scale, key figures in deployment of alternative fuels, and pioneers in renewable chemicals. To read more on the rankings, visit: Vilsack heads Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy” poll for 2015.

Yulex in The 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials for 2014-15

Yulex's Leif Christoffersen at The Digest's ABLC Conference's Store of the Future Exhibit with Yulex's Hot 30 & Hot 40 awards.

On Monday, November 10th, The Digest released the 2014-15 rankings for: The 50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy; The 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals and Biomaterials; and The 40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

Yulex is #5 this year in the 40 Hottest Smaller Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy and #28 in the 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals and Biomaterials.


“With guayule, Yulex pretty much started from nothing in terms of recognition a few years ago — but this year, Yulex has demonstrated that genetics are key, guayule is hot, and that small companies continue to drive the innovation that is making the Advanced Bioeconomy both exciting and important” – Jim Lane, Editor & Publisher of The Digest.

The Rankings are one of the most-widely cited Rankings sets for any industry. More than 1,000 companies are eligible from the global advanced bioeconomy. 50% of the votes come from an invited panel of 140 selectors around the world — CEOs, investors, scientists, consulting engineers, media and other stakeholders. 50% of the votes comes from Digest subscribers, via Photo Votes and polling.

PhotoVotes represented 1% of the overall ballot weighting, however Yulex learned that its photos certainly made an impression on voters.

See all of Yulex’s photo votes here.

To read more on the rankings and Yulex’s wins, visit: Genomatica, Solazyme, Amyris, BASF take top slots in The 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials for 2014-15.

Guayule plant is homegrown replacement for rubber

The few strips of shrubby vegetation growing near railroad tracks in the middle of a southeast Valley industrial park look like someone’s small garden project.

Green Renaissance is Gathering Pace

Midway through its €2bn four-year transformation and Italian major Versalis is accelerating efforts to enhance competitiveness, improve efficiency and become greener

Yulex Receives Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Support

Pictured from left to right: Leif Christoffersen, Director of Business Development of Yulex; Jim Mitchell, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Yulex; Jill Brownley, Director of Marketing & Communications of Phoenix Chamber; Mitchell Allen, Economic Development Specialist for the City of Chandler; Jack Sellers,Chandler Councilmember; Jeff Martin, Co-Founder & CEO of Yulex; Todd Sanders, President & CEO of Phoenix Chamber; and Chip Scutari, Board Member of Phoenix Chamber and Co-Owner of Scutari & Cieslak Public Relations.

Yulex was pleased to recently host the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Together, we are well poised to lead the charge to exponentially grow the bioscience industry in Arizona and the region through strong state and federal support for rural development and job creation.