Amyris, EnerWorks, and other news
- The latest biofuels funding announcement is Amyris Biotechnologies, which put out a release on their $20mm Series A (PE Week Wire had mentioned it back in June, when $6.5mm of the round had already been called down). Backers include Khosla Ventures, Kleiner, and the venture group of TPG. They also announced the appointment of a new CEO, and, in the words of their publicist, "a new focus for the company." There has been wide coverage of this one, including this NYT article and this column in VentureBeat (self-promotion alert).
- Tyler Hamilton points out that solar thermal system manufacturer EnerWorks has raised a $3.65mm round of financing (note: opens pdf). Chrysalix led the round, which also included Investeco Capital and existing investors Covington Venture Fund and VentureLink Brighter Futures Fund.