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!

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.