Innovative bioproduction platforms
The Innovative Bioproduction Platforms (IBP) theme aims to develop novel biomanufacturing capabilities that will reduce the time, financial, and environmental costs of delivering bio-based products to market.
This theme integrates microbial strain engineering with bioreactor design to improve production efficiency and deploy novel capabilities to an advanced manufacturing industry.
Strain engineering will include optimising microbes and cell lines to industrial production conditions, as well as domestication of non-model microorganisms with unique traits. Bioreactors will be designed with a systems approach for maximal efficiency gains and include process intensifications (e.g., continuous flow) to reduce run cost, and employ novel feedstocks (e.g., carbon dioxide).
Example projects include:
- Chassis strains designed for rapid metabolic engineering and deployment
- Strains capable of using alternative, low-cost, or waste feed stocks (e.g., carbon dioxide, nitrogen, electricity, plastic waste, mixed waste)
- High efficiency bioreactors designed to match industry processes (e.g., in-line product extraction, artificial intelligence-driven reactor control)
- System-level co-design of strains and reactors as “bolt-on” assets to support existing industries (e.g., up-valuing waste streams)
The IBP theme will resolve current impediments to commercial-scale fermentation and cellular agriculture.
Dr Juan Martinez
Dr Marta Gallart Diumenge
Predicting bioactive molecules for plant health and agricultural applications
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