The Biotechnology Research and Development Organization, Peoria, Ill., in September awarded a $600,000 grant to zuChem Inc., Chicago, Ill., to commercialize a fermentation approach to manufacture xylitol. BRDC also awarded $300,000 to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research to collaborate with zuChem on the xylitol project. zuChem, a supplier of specialized sugars for the food and pharmaceutical industries, will use a proprietary biocata…

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