Metabolix, Inc. is an advanced biomaterials company. The Company operates through the business of developing and commercializing technologies for the production of polymers and chemicals in microbes and plants segment. The Company is focused on delivering solutions to the plastics industry. The Company has its operations in the microbial genetics, fermentation process engineering, chemical engineering, polymer science, plant genetics and botanical science. The Company is focused on a family of biopolymers found in nature called polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), which occur naturally in living organisms and are chemically similar to polyesters. The Company is also focusing on applications where the performance, biodegradability, biocontent and other attributes of its PHA biopolymers provide functional advantages, such as biodegradation, required by such applications, including PHA resins for molded articles and films, as well as PHA latex and other PHA coatings for paper and cardboard.