v3.4.0.3
DOCUMENT AND ENTITY INFORMATION
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2016
shares
Document and Entity Information  
Entity registrant name METABOLIX, INC.
Entity central index key 0001121702
Current fiscal year end date --12-31
Entity filer category Smaller Reporting Company
Document type 10-Q
Document period end date Mar. 31, 2016
Document fiscal year focus 2016
Document fiscal period focus Q1
Amendment flag false
Entity common stock, shares outstanding 27,369,390
Entity current reporting status Yes