Founded in 2007, Virdia is a private, VC-backed, leading developer of extraction technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass to highly refined fermentable sugars and high quality lignin. Virdia's founders, Professor Avraham Baniel and Professor Aharon Eyal, have for many years pioneered a number of now standardized extraction processes used in industries worldwide. The Company is led by a seasoned management team with decades of industrial-scale manufacturing experience in industrial biotech, chemicals and sugar production.
Virdia envisions sharing the creation of a sustainable green economy by making widely available the products and energy locked up in lignocellulosic biomass. Producing high quality sugars and lignin at affordable prices will displace petroleum-derived products, reduce carbon emissions and develop new industries in rural areas.
Virdia has radically improved the economics of an industrially proven CASE™ process for conversion of biomass through a sequence of innovative extraction and separation operations. This CASE™ process yields and refines almost all of the theoretical sugars contained in lignocelluloses, the lignin and the extractives.
Virdia's cellulosic sugars and lignin are intermediate products in supply chains that can lead into biochemicals, biofuels, plastics and carbon fibers, as well as nutritional supplements for food and feed. The Company plans to establish or retrofit its biorefineries close to biomass sources, and partner with conversion technology providers to bring a wide variety of high value and environmentally friendly products to the marketplace.