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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: November 13, 2019

Ten chemistry start-ups to watch

C&EN's 2019 10 Start-Ups to Watch
Chemical & Engineering News

Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, has unveiled its annual list of 10 chemistry start-ups to watch. Chosen by C&EN writers and editors, who have scoured the start-up landscape for standouts and reviewed readers’ nominations, these fledgling firms are being recognized for their world-changing chemistry innovations and efforts to bring them to market. This week’s C&EN cover story profiles these companies on the rise.

Scientists at these start-ups are applying their expertise to a broad range of global issues. This year’s class includes firms developing pharmaceuticals, green chemistry processes, agricultural technologies and automation tools. The entrepreneurship and diversity of the firms and their founders reflect the best of the chemical enterprise. For example, Cyclopure is using linked cyclodextrins to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other micropollutants from drinking water. Polystyvert is recycling polystyrene by breaking it down with the help of a natural solvent. And Ligandal is delivering gene-editing therapies using peptide nanoparticles.

“This year’s start-ups represent the breadth of the global chemical enterprise,” says Bibiana Campos Seijo, Ph.D., editor-in-chief and vice president of C&EN Media Group. “They are already hard at work boosting the world’s supply of sustainable protein, finding hidden drug targets for future cancer drugs, designing new sustainable materials, removing microcontaminants like PFAS from drinking water, capturing CO2 from the atmosphere, and reducing the energy required for catalysts and chemical separations.”

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