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Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, 2012/03/09 - Green Biologics Limited (GBL), a UK-based industrial biotechnology company announces a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between GBL and the Sustainable Bioenergy Centre at the University of Nottingham, led by Professor Nigel Minton.
This two year project is funded by the Technology Strategy Board and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and supports a full time Research Associate at Green Biologics Ltd.
The aim of the project is to barcode GBL’s fermentation microbes with a unique DNA signature using “ACE” gene integration technology developed by the Minton group at the University of Nottingham. The barcode enables convenient and rapid identification of GBL’s proprietary strains on a commercial solvent plant, thus ensuring rapid differentiation from contaminants and improved quality control In addition, the unique barcodes will help identify and protect GBL’s proprietary microbes from unauthorised use.
Dr Edward Green, Chief Scientific Officer comments: “The Knowledge Transfer Partnership is an excellent scheme that enables SME’s to access intellectual property and expertise from Universities. In this project, we are excited to be working with Professor Nigel Minton and his team. Nigel is a world leading expert in the genetic manipulation of Clostridia. The project output will help to differentiate our fermentation technology offering and strengthen our leadership position for biobutanol production.”
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme:
This Partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme (KTP). KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. KTP is funded by the Technology Strategy Board along with the other government funding organisations.
About Green Biologics
GBL (greenbiologics.com) is a global industrial biotechnology company based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire UK with the skills and experience to deliver competitive, capital efficient production of biobutanol and other C4 chemicals for the chemicals and biofuels markets. GBL was founded in 2003 by Dr Edward Green, Chief Scientific Officer, to develop fermentation technology for the growing global biobutanol industry. GBL has developed proprietary fermentation technology using solventogenic Clostridia for the production of biobutanol. Today, GBL is widely recognized as a technology leader in butanol fermentation using renewable cellulosic feedstocks such as forest, sugar and corn residues. GBL operates globally in China, North America, India and Brazil.