‘Industrial biotechnology represents an important group of energy efficient conversion technologies with full climate change mitigation potential ranging between 1bn and 2.5 bn tons CO2 equivalent per year by 2030.’ – World Wildlife Federation
Creating Opportunities for Industry
The EU has a policy objective to develop a bio-based economy, rooted in principles of sustainability, where new materials and processes will be developed as replacements for oil and petrochemicals. The success of the bioethanol industry demonstrated how yeast can be adapted from the traditional process of brewing to a large-scale commercial process. This work has continued with the development of commercial yeast strains to produce commodity precursor chemicals such as lactic acid and succinic acid. Yeast metabolism is versatile and many other products are envisioned but progress in constructing new cell factory strains has been quite limited to date. This will change through the implementation of systems and synthetic biology approaches.
Innovation and Market Growth
The know-how and technologies developed in CHASSY will be transformative and disruptive, driving further innovation and development in the bio-based sector in Europe. CHASSY will overcome current bottlenecks and restrictions in the use and development of microbial cell factories. More...