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Solazyme

Transforms plant sugars, such as sugarcane-based sucrose and corn-based dextrose, into renewable oils for use in food, fuel, skincare products, and chemicals for manufacturing. Its technique is to grow proprietary microalgae in fermentation tanks in a process it calls "indirect photosynthesis." Solazyme filed for a proposed IPO on March 11, 2011.

2011 STATISTICS

Rank:2

3-year growth:20,424%

2010 Revenue:$38 million

2007 Revenue:$185,000

Web site:solazyme.com

Employees:104

 

Founded:2003

Location:South San Francisco, CA

Industry:Manufacturing