LS9, Inc. is a privately held industrial biotechnology company based in South San Francisco, California. It is developing patent-pending fuels and sustainable chemicals made with the power of synthetic biology. The company has genetically engineered microorganisms used in proprietary fermentation processes to produce renewable fuels and sustainable chemicals.
One of the first processes developed by LS9 was a fermentation-based process for making UltraClean Diesel using sugars. The technology was demonstrated successfully at bench- and pilot-scale. In order to attract investment for commercial operations, proof at an industrial scale was needed.
The company's funds and resources for this effort were limited. Using information developed by Fluor in a conceptual study, the company identified an existing yeast fermentation facility in Okeechobee, Florida, which closely met its requirements. The foreclosed property was purchased for an attractive price.
The challenge for LS9 was to quickly and cost-effectively retrofit the abandoned facility to accommodate its biofuel processes.