Government support for BACK TO MONO

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

Dutch DNA and Leiden University will start a project in the first quarter of next year on the enzymatic recycling of plastic. The project, BACK TO MONO (or in short B2M), should deliver new enzymes that can degrade plastics such that the plastic polymers return back 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 which is co-funded by the Dutch Government – RVO, approved it this week via its subsidy instrument TKI – aims to deliver a proof of principle. More concrete the project aims to deliver a set of enzymes which can do the job as well as a production organisms which shows ability to produce these enzymes. When the project is successful Dutch DNA will proceed with 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, Prof. Peter Punt and Dr Karin Overkamp – 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 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. DDNA’s proprietary Aspergillus niger strains are currently at par with IA production on 1G sugars and possess a patented pathway that efficiently ferments 2G sugars into IA. This is a feat that the current standard for itaconic acid production, Aspergillus terreus, is not able to do.

The ambition of the consortium is to sustainably produce IA in a 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.

Wouter de Bonte on stage in Dubrovnik

We are proud to announce that our promising young scientist, Wouter de Bonte, is presenting on the Recombinant Protein Production congres , which is held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, next 23rd – 25th of April. His presentation title is Molecular genetic engineering of fungal cell factories for protein production’. Give a loud round of applause!