Succinic Acid-Based Renewable Chemicals

BioAmber uses industrial biotechnology to convert renewable feedstocks into building-block chemicals. Our process has lower emissions and lower energy consumption than the equivalent petroleum chemical process, without compromising on performance and quality.

BioAmber bio-based succinic acid offers value by enabling innovation through new formulations that combine performance with sustainability in a broad range of applications.

BioAmber is a leader in bio-based chemistry serving a wide range of markets. Our proprietary technology platform uses economically viable, sustainable feedstocks to produce bio-based building-block chemicals that make a difference in everyday products. We enable differentiation for products through formulation-derived performance attributes, combined with a better carbon footprint. Our bio-based succinic acid technology is used in markets, including plastics, polyurethanes, resins and coatings, personal care, food and flavours and lubricants, among others.

Bio-based building-block chemicals

Succinic acid, also known as amber acid, is a building-block chemical that has long been derived from petroleum.

Now, BioAmber's innovative biotechnology process produces our BIO-SA™ brand from renewable plant-based feedstocks. We offer opportunities for differentiation in many products with a reduced carbon footprint without compromising on performance or quality. Our BIO-SA™ product is competitively priced and commercially available.

Sustainability vision and mission

Our vision is to be a pioneering bio-based chemicals company and a catalyst for change. BioAmber is an innovation-driven company that delivers value through sustainable products and processes. Our mission is to help accelerate sustainable change in the chemical industry.

The industries we serve:

Food and flavours: creating value with natural ingredients

BioAmber BIO-SA™ succinic acid and bio-based disodium succinate are safe, food and flavours ingredients, which can be used in a wide range of applications. Succinic acid is a naturally occurring dicarboxylic acid found in fruit and vegetables. Our BIO-SA™ brand offers multiple benefits in food applications as a flavouring enhancer and also as an acidulant or preservative. It is also a natural, non-toxic alternative to petroleum-based additives and is generally recognized as safe (GRAS).

BioAmber neutralises and spray-dries bio-based succinic acid to a tight particle size distribution to produce bio-based disodium succinate, an important ingredient for complex seasoning agents. Bio-based disodium succinate has good water solubility and high penetration and, as a result, these effects are accelerated. It is an anhydrous powder with low particle size, making it ideal for blending in dry seasonings.

Resins and coatings: creating value through a unique combination of performance and sustainability

BioAmber bio-based succinic acid is a versatile building block for the synthesis of polyesters and polyester polyols (PEP's).

Manufactured using patented yeast fermentation technology, our bio-based succinic acid offers an alternative to petroleum-based adipic and isophthalic acids. Polyols based on our bio-based succinic acid can be used in unsaturated polyester resins (UPR's), polyurethanes, alkyds, and liquid polyester resins (LPE resins).

Polyurethanes: creating value through a unique combination of performance and sustainability

BioAmber bio-based succinic acid opens a gateway to a portfolio of renewable building blocks for innovative polyurethane formulations with improved properties and sustainability profile.

The shorter C4 succinic acid chain can change the H-bonding between hard blocks/soft blocks and increase polarity. When combined with different glycols, bio-based succinic acid can produce PEPs with a wide range of melting points and viscosities. This carbon neutral product is the perfect substitute to petroleum based adipic acid.

Personal care: creating value with natural personal care ingredients that perform

Bio-based succinic acid is a natural, plant-derived building block that can be used to formulate a broad range of bio-based esters for skincare and hair care, and as a direct ingredient with properties for effervescence and exfoliation.

C2-C5 esters have been shown to be effective solvents for fragrance carriers and a multitude of other applications, while C8-C18 esters exhibit unique emollient properties for skin and hair care. Bio-based succinic acid is also an effective effervescing agent.

About BioAmber

BioAmber is a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed company under the symbol BIOA. It has a commercial production facility in Sarnia, Canada, a research facility in Minneapolis, MN, and a head office in Montreal, Canada.

Contact Details

BioAmber Inc.
1250 boul. Rene-Levesque West, Suite 4310
H3B 4W8
+1 514 844 8000
+1 514 844 1414

Available White Papers


Lubricant Fluids from Bio Succinic Acid 01 December 2015 BioAmber was first to market with commercial scale bio-based succinic acid, and is currently serving customers from a plant in France.


Succinate Ester Solvents for Fragrance Carriers 01 November 2015 BioAmber was first to market with commercial scale bio-based succinic acid, and is currently serving customers from a plant in France.


Natural Emollient Esters from Bio-Based Succinic Acid 01 October 2015 BioAmber is a next-generation chemicals company, with a portfolio of renewable chemicals; a C4 Platform, based on bio-based succinic acid and its derivatives, and a C6 Platform, which includes bio-based adipic acid and other bio-based C6 chemicals.


Unsaturated Polyester Resins Incorporating Bio Succinic Acid 18 September 2015 BioAmber is a renewable chemicals company. Its proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstock into chemicals for use in a wide variety of everyday products including plastics, resins, food additives and personal care products.