Meet Cornelis Mijnders at World Bio in Amsterdam

Cornelis Mijnders will join the World Bio Markets conference in Amsterdam (1-3 April 2019). If you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get an update on our activities in the field of food proteins, enzymes and biobased chemicals, please contact him: cornelis.mijnders@ddna-biotech.com.

Meet Peter Punt at Asilomar

Peter Punt will be present at the Fungal Genetics Conference 12-17 March, in Pacific Grove, CA/USA. The conference brings together researchers working on all aspects of fungal genetics and encourages communication and collaboration between those interested in genomics, gene regulation, cell biology and development, evolutionary biology, fungal-host interactions, and biotechnology. For more information and to meet Peter: peter.punt@ddna-biotech.com.

Government support for BACK TO MONO

Although plastics have given a lot to mankind, the world is struggling with the waste.

In the first quarter of next year, Dutch DNA and Leiden University will start a project on the enzymatic recycling of plastic. The project, BACK TO MONO (or in short B2M), aims to deliver new enzymes that can degrade plastics to their original chemical building blocks. The ultimate objective of the project is an industrial process in which those building blocks will be re-used for new products. The project is co-funded by the Dutch Government – RVO approved it this week via its subsidy instrument TKI – and wants to deliver a proof of principle. More concrete, the project aims to deliver a set of enzymes to do this, as well as a production organism to produce these enzymes. With the results of the project Dutch DNA will take steps towards industrial application: Industry using enzymatic degradation of collected plastic waste to feed in current existing value chain with recycled monomers: back to mono and then back to plastics again!

Find us at the Mycologische dag KNMV

Dutch DNA Biotech delegation – Dr Ebru Alazi, Dr Sylvia Segers, Abeer Hossain and Prof Peter Punt – will join the Mycologische dag of the KNMV at Danone venue on Utrecht Science Park, November 30th.

Don’t miss the presentation of Abeer Hossain starting at 14:00 hours. Abeer is our lead scientist organic acids. He  presents the results of his research on Itaconic Acid degradation in Aspergillus Niger.

New fermentors speed up development

Dutch DNA Biotech acquired new Eppendorf BioFlo 320 fermentors with double 5 L vessels. By that we expand our fermentation capacity again with state-of-the-art equipment. As Dutch DNA Biotech plans to scale up its fermentation activities further (routinely performing a minimum of 8 fermentations each week / year round) these assets are more than welcome. With currently 20 5 L fermentors DDNA will reach more milestones in both protein as well as biochemical production technology developments

Art de Boo at the CLEAN TECH Forum

Our CEO, Art de Boo, will contribute to this years edition with a presentation on the future of biochemicals. It will be during the bio-based chemical innovation session on Tuesday, May 15, at 2:00pm – 2:45pm.

The Cleantech Forum Europe, now in its 14th edition, continues to be the place to create connections and to connect the dots across multiple industrial sectors. This year’s Cleantech Forum Europe will be held in Antwerp, home to Europe’s largest chemical hub and the world’s most tightly concentrated petrochemical hub, and also home to Europe’s second largest port and a key continental logistics hub.

Prof Peter Punt on stage in Berlin

Happy to announce Prof Peter Punt is presenting our findings on protease regulatory systems research at Eurofung next month. Check it out in Berlin, Germany! March 19th-20th.

Our team in Haifa

A Dutch DNA Biotech delegation – Dr Sylvia Segers and Prof. Peter Punt a – will meet you at the European Conference on Fungal Genetics in Haifa end of February.

Key note on Holland Bio Year Event

Prof Peter Punt presents his key note on the Holland Bio Year Event in Rotterdam on January 25th.

2nd generation Itaconic Acid on it’s way

We are happy to announce that the Veni Vidi Veridi (VVV) collaborative project is granted.

In this project Dutch DNA works together with partners DSD, Viride SuStra and the TU Delft to make residual agricultural streams available for high-quality applications.

Next to project coordinator, Dutch DNA’s role within the VVV project is to deliver the biotechnology for robust and efficient fermentation of agricultural residual streams into Itaconic Acid (IA). Currently, IA production on 1G sugars by DDNA’s proprietary Aspergillus niger strains – based on a patented pathway – is at par with the industrial standard, Aspergillus terreus. Moreover, our strains efficiently ferment 2G sugars into IA, which is a feat that A. terreus is not able to do.

The ambition of the consortium is to produce IA in a sustainable and cost-effective manner by further developing proprietary technologies and set up a IA value chain.

The project will take two years and starts first of January 2018.