Conagen’s fermentation technology will support DARPA’s ReSource sustainability program
Conagen collaborates with MIT and DARPA on the ReSource program
The sustainability project aims to take advantage of Conagen’s proprietary fermentation technology to convert plastics and other energy-dense waste into valuable, reusable materials.
Bedford, Mass., Dec. 8, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Massachusetts-based biotechnology Conagen has announced its participation in a collaboration supporting the ReSource program funded by a grant from the United States Department of Defense (DOD). The project aims to take advantage of Conagen’s proprietary fermentation technology to convert plastics and other energy-dense waste into valuable, reusable materials.
âHumanity needs to make better use of plastic resources and close the recycling loop,â said Casey Lippmeier, Ph.D., vice president of innovation at Conagen. This draft cooperation agreement will demonstrate the value of recycled materials for building a sustainable infrastructure. “
As part of DOD, the Bureau of Biological Technologies of the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) created the ReSource program to research and develop an integrated self-containment system. The project explores the use of a combination of synthetic biology and chemical technology to turn plastic waste into critical supplies.
Professor Chris A. Voigt, Ph.D., is leading the project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with Conagen and Novoloop. The Voigt lab has expertise in microbial genetic design and engineering and has created platform tools and technologies at the heart of the effort.
Conagen was selected as a fermentation scale-up partner for its expertise in synthetic biology, its ability to develop purification processes and manufacture on a global scale.
âWhile conventional fermentation has been used for centuries to manufacture food and beverages, precision fermentation has become the primary resource for the commercialization of natural and sustainable synthetic biology products,â said Lippmeier.
Novoloop uses chemical technologies to break down plastic waste into chemical building blocks, allowing downstream fermentation to make bioproducts.
âRecycling plastic waste is just the start,â says Lipppmeier. âThis DARPA-funded project is primarily aimed at improving the efficient use of resources by our troops. However, the technology of converting plastics and bioplastics to other higher-value materials is expected to create incentives to remove these pollutants from the environment and support humanitarian efforts. with renewable sources of food, nutrition and water.
Now that Phase I is complete, the MIT team, including Conagen, move into Phase II when they
hope to succeed in purifying, descaling and recycling waste into valuable products.
About Voigt Lab, MIT
Voigt Lab is focused on the development of a programming language for cells. A genetic program consists of a combination of genetic circuits, each of which uses biochemistry to reproduce a function analogous to an electronic circuit (eg, a logic gate) and applying these tools to biotechnology problems http://web.mit. edu / voigtlab /.
Conagen is a product-focused synthetic biology R&D company with large-scale manufacturing capabilities. Our scientists and engineers use the latest synthetic biology tools to develop high quality, sustainable natural products through precision fermentation and enzymatic bioconversion. We focus on the bioproduction of high added value ingredients for the food, nutrition, flavor and fragrance, pharmaceuticals and renewable materials industries. www.conagen.com
Novoloop was founded in 2015 to provide next-generation materials made from plastic waste through its patented ATOD â¢ low-carbon recycling technology. Thanks to its proprietary dicarboxylic acid platform, hard-to-recycle plastic waste is transformed into quality virgin materials with superior durability at competitive prices. With its first product, Oistre â¢, Novoloop provides durable and customizable thermoplastic polyurethane solutions for the footwear, sporting goods and automotive industries.
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