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banks50 315 posts  |  Last Activity: Jun 25, 2015 5:18 PM Member since: Dec 21, 1998
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  • banks50 by banks50 Jun 25, 2015 5:18 PM Flag

    Really what is your point? If what you are saying is so obvious then it does not need to be said.. Kohsl;a owns all of KIOR his plan all along was to lend them money , benkrupt them and them trade his debt for full equity This is not Scholars MO... Again he is a medical technology investor, EVERY other company is in the medical field. There is something here we are not privy too. But my gut tells me that within 6 months we will. Nothing is over until its over, Not even Antibioticos..

  • banks50 by banks50 May 12, 2015 10:30 PM Flag

    Peter Kelly
    Pharmafilter International Director Healthcare, Waste, Wastewater and BioBased Biodegradable Platform Solutions

    Peter is responsible globally for Pharmafilter business development which incorporates Pharmafilter Plant and System, from design, build and operations in hospitals. He is also responsible for single use disposables personal hygiene and service products. Design, tooling, production, blend and compounding of biodegradable materials for use in the Pharmafilter Plant and System.
    Prior to joining Pharmafilter Peter was global sector lead with Telles a Metabolix ADM joint venture. He Specialised in biodegradable applications for agriculture, horticulture, anaerobic digestion, denitrification, pharmaceutical waste and marine.
    His commercial background covers over thirty years with seventeen years with Heineken as a senior commercial manager and with Guinness as a commercial strategist.
    Peter prescribes to the philosophy: People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

  • Reply to

    Wageningen UR, the Rijnstate hospital in Arnhem

    by banks50 May 12, 2015 10:17 PM
    banks50 banks50 May 12, 2015 10:21 PM Flag

    Plenty of easy pickings
    Van den Oever makes a clear distinction between four categories. The Wageningen UR research shows that nearly half of the products used are probably already largely fermentable, such as tissues and toilet paper. Additionally, a little under ten per cent – mostly plates, soup bowls and cutlery – is already available in a biobased version but is not being purchased as such. Approximately fifteen per cent, including sheets, bowls, trays and jars currently made from polypropylene, can be made from fermentable materials with minor technical effort should there be sufficient demand. For around 2.5 per cent of the hospital items in Rijnstate, including Velcro, band-aids and suction jars, a biobased version would be a fairly significant challenge, according to the study. The remaining 25 per cent is paper, which is already recyclable.

    “This means there are plenty of easy pickings,” says Van den Oever based on the feasibility study. But there are uncertainties as well. “PVC tubes, latex gloves and metal instruments such as scissors, blades and tweezers must be looked at from a new perspective.”

    Stimulating the market
    In the coming months, Rijnstate will determine which products can be replaced by fermentable versions and what the financial consequences will be. The follow-up project to the study will look at the possibilities of cooperating with other hospitals to increase the volume and stimulate the market. Koster hopes that decisions will be made in the short term, and that construction will start in late 2016 or early 2017. There are six other hospitals also looking to make the transition towards biobased with biobased materials and the Pharmafilter fermenter. In addition to the hospitals in Delft and Arnhem, these include the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam and the hospital in Terneuzen.

  • May 11, 2015
    Partly due to a feasibility study by Wageningen UR, the Rijnstate hospital in Arnhem has drawn up a long list of hospital items that can be made from fermentable biobased materials in the future. The waste can be directly shredded in the wards, after which it is deposited in a fermentation tank via the sewers. The innovation generates energy, reduces waste production and improves hygiene and logistics

    The bedpan is probably one of the most well-known hospital items. Nursing staff bring the shiny steel bedpans to a washing machine to be cleaned, which requires lots of work, energy, water and cleaning products. If it were up to Marc Koster of the Real Estate department of Rijnstate, things will be very different as of 2017: “We believe that by installing 51 shredders at various locations in the hospital we can shred disposable items and ferment them into biogas at a central location.”

    Koster says that in addition to benefitting the environment, there is a good business case for this solution: “We would earn on the investment and see a positive net cash value from day one and have recovered the entire investment within 11 years.” The inspiration for the fermentation process comes from the Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft, which embraced the concept of the Pharmafilter company in 2012. In Delft, the shredder has for several years been handling ward waste such as meal leftovers, bedpans, blood bags and eating utensils.

    Fermenting utensils, bed linens and surgical gowns
    The Pharmafilter shredder is called ‘Tonto’, which is Spanish for ‘the fool’. The shredded products are moved to a central unit where solid matter and water are separated. The organic components then go to the fermenter, while indigestible components and conventional plastic end up in a sludge fraction. The watery fraction is purified in a membrane bioreactor, before active carbon and ozone break down any medication r

  • banks50 by banks50 Dec 23, 2014 5:46 PM Flag

    JULY 23, 2014
    This development has extended the range of Metabolix’s PHA portfolio with crystallinity ranging from 0% or 60% to include fully amorphous products. The glass transition temperature (Tg °C) of these PHAs now extends from +5°C down to ~-30°C. Like the more crystalline products in its portfolio, these amorphous PHA products are 100% renewable and widely biodegradable in most environments where microbial activity is present. Metabolix sees exciting opportunities for using these new copolymers to modify and improve the performance of PLA and thereby expand the market potential of PLA fibers and filaments.

    At Natureworks’ 2014 ITR conference, Metabolix showed early results for modifying PLA using these new PHA copolymers. Metabolix is grateful to Natureworks for their support in this development effort. This work focused on the ability to improve PLA ductility without negatively impacting the PLA glass transition temperature (a common problem with using miscible plasticizers). Metabolix then demonstrated this effectiveness in PLA films by developing a much softer PLA blown film with flex modulus and toughness approaching HDPE. By varying modifier loads, flexibility and toughness in PLA blown and cast film can be adjusted across the range spanning from paper to HDPE. A series of these film prototypes were highlighted by Metabolix at Interpack 2014.

    More recently, Metabolix is excited by very interesting results in improving PLA fibers using with these new PHA modifiers. These developments were also highlighted at the 3rd PLA World Congress in Munich.

    Benefits of Modifying PLA fibers with PHA

    Ductility; Drape
    Improved touch and feel; Hand & Elongation
    Reduced Boiling Water Shrinkage
    The ductility improvement that characterized PHA modified PLA films is also clearly seen in PH

  • banks50 by banks50 Nov 5, 2014 5:03 PM Flag

    reduxing ize of company and shaving another 7mm burn off the books in 2014. but mfg not scheduled till LATE 2015.

  • Openinng was bad but not as bad as some here projected ... early naked shorts should need to cover

  • Reply to

    Sorry Longs - She's going lower

    by ilovepelosi Nov 5, 2013 6:46 PM
    banks50 banks50 Dec 19, 2013 6:11 PM Flag

    Wow we must be going mush higher, ILP is back spewing nonsense,,, This is great news... This Shaulson is very bright and has been given great incentives to make a lot of money and will invest almost 300K in MBLX from the get go 250k shares at 1.188 ( 1.32 *.9)... plus he gets 600k shares for hitting certain goals and not stock incentives at the market.. PLus he is a Lawyer with Chemical and Materials expertise with amazing credentials.. I wouldn't be suprised to see Max Senechal out the door and whole binch of others off the payroll over the next few months,,, This guy is impressive and I now see why Strobeck bought last month

  • What do you make of this recent patent Pha compositions comprising pbs and pbsa and methods for their production
    US 20130317163 A1

    looks like something to do with Samsung work.. but what is the real benefit any ideas ??

  • Much higher volume/prices plastics

    Long Glass FIber ... Look it up

  • banks50 banks50 Dec 2, 2013 4:59 PM Flag


    May these shares be worth 1 Billion Dollars

    All the best

    Banks !!!

  • Reply to

    The conference is tomorrow...

    by soundsgood02 Dec 2, 2013 10:09 AM
    banks50 banks50 Dec 2, 2013 10:24 AM Flag

    Thanks so I guess we sell off today and look to see buying into the close as MM's shake out the weaker hands to get their stock cheaply

    Still this is quite some volume for what is being called a pump and dump.. This has been P&D'd in the past on a few hundred thousand shares.. So this looks to be a bit more substantive.

  • Strong portfolio and expansion of distribution network

    K.D. Feddersen at K-2013

    The K-2013 fair was not only a first for the new K.D. Feddersen distribution companies based in Vienna and Istanbul, but also for two new distribution partners whose products complete the distributor's portfolio.
    In response to the strong increase in demand for engineering plastics throughout the Eurasian region, the distributor has put in place several new companies within a number of European countries. This step follows a successful expansion strategy implemented over recent years where the company is now firmly established in several locations throughout China.

    With the foundation of K.D. Feddersen Teknik Polimerler Tic. Ltd. Sti., headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, the first step has been taken. The team made its first appearance on the international scene at the K-2013 trade fair and will also debut at the Plast Eurasia in Istanbul (5-8 December 2013). Colleagues from Vienna based K.D. Feddersen CEE GmbH who have actively been working to develop markets in Eastern Europe, as well as in Austria and Switzerland, also celebrated their trade show debut.

    The field of bio-plastics is acknowledged by the distributor as an area where there is still definite potential and a number of interesting approaches already exist for this young plastics family.

    "The recent cooperation with Metabolix makes solutions with bio-based polymer blends possible for our European customers. Long-fibre-reinforced bio-polymers in particular are of interest to many potential new customers", says Marc Swatosch, Director Distribution Advanced Polyolefins at K.D. Feddersen.

    The new and growing partnership between K.D. Feddersen and Teijin also takes the two companies into the field of extremely technically innovative application segments. Teijin is a global producer of Polycarbonate and Polycarbonate compounds and blends. Focussing on “LED lighting” and “energy efficiency”, the outstanding and innovative light diffusing, super transparency, light reflecting and heat conducting characteristics of PC compounds from the Panlite® portfolio can be demonstrated.

    Lightweight design and resultant reductions in CO2 emissions within the motor industry were the theme of the Feddersen Group’s joint stand with its sister company AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH and its subsidiary AF-COLOR. To compliment this, new materials and methods on offer from the distributor’s extensive portfolio including the newly developed, reduced density Hostacom® PP compounds from LyondellBasell, Celstran® PP-LGF and the new Fortron® grades from Celanese were presented. New and innovative “light PA compounds” – AKROMID® Lite/XtraLite from AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH also featured in the theme.

    "The visitor frequency at our trade show stand was higher than ever before, with extremely specific discussions at a very high level. New project proposals were generated on the spot, and a large number of follow-up actions were agreed upon", explains Dr. Stephan Schnell, Managing Director of K.D. Feddersen GmbH & Co. KG. "The K-2013 was thus a complete success for us!"

  • Probably see another 100K today as well.... Hopefully there is at least 1 Institution strong enough to keep this above the buck... FMR just double down already !!

  • I did not understand what was so special about adding color ... because if you want to sell 3D printing you need to sell colors and so you need Master Batches

  • My note... This PHA is from Tianan (not Tianjan) not related to MBLX

    But the point is that PLA is the best material for 3D printing and PLA + PHA is the best PLA for printing

    This product easily supports 4-5 dollar per pound

    Colorfabb’s ‘Soft Touch PLA’.
    Posted on April 24, 2013 by Kristof Deruyttere
    At Ultimaker we want to make brilliant 3D printers but also push 3D printing to the heights it deserves. This is why we were thrilled that Colorfabb sent our regular guest blogger and community member, Kristof Deruyttere, some test filament for him to try out. But for this post, let Kristof introduce Colorfabb and what makes them so exciting. -Alexander Baloche

    Colorfabb, a new company in the Netherlands which is a brand of Helian polymers, it aims to provide high-quality PLA filament (+/-0,05mm) in an amazing range of colors and continuous to develop more. At the moment they have about 20 different colors all at ø2,85mm, so no problems for the bowden tube. It is also good to know, that all filaments are being tested on 3 Ultimakers, so you can rest assured that it will work on your Ultimaker.

    The + points are:
    - 100% natural origin;
    - Extra Tough;
    - GMO-free;
    - 100% biodegradable & renewable material content;
    - High tolerance PLA for High quality prints.

    So what is PHA?
    Polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHAs are polyesters that are made in nature by bacterial fermentation of sugars. It’s a special kind of PLA which is more resilient than regular PLA. Mix PHA with regular PLA and you get ‘Soft-Touch PLA’.

    Icolorfabb_print_voronoi vase

    Colorfabb’s ‘Soft touch PLA’:
    PLA is naturally brittle, which is not an ideal property due to the possibility of breakage.
    To prevent this, Colorfabb’s compound of PLA & PHA makes the filament a bit softer and gives it a little more of a stretch. The printing stays the same, but the filament won’t brake that easily and it has a brighter plastic shine. Another effect is that it copes much much better with retraction even at high speed!

  • 1.1 mm shares on a Tweet !!!

    I can only imagine the effect of real news

    Also if MBLX is not yet working on a 3D printing angle I suggest over the next 4 days they take the time to figure it out.

    Short day on Friday

    Enjoy the Turkey

  • banks50 banks50 Nov 25, 2013 1:45 PM Flag

    Cereplast has no money and no science so they are not alike at all… MBLX's problem is that they have too much science,, They need to scale back reduce expenses and focus,

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