French SynBio Biotech to ferment wood for Carbon-free Future

15/03/2016 - 3 minutes

Deinove (Montpelier) and Arbiom (Evry) are two Biotechs from France which have now partnered to transform wood residues into added-value chemicals – a step closer to the ideal Bioeconomy. 

deinove_deinococci_green_chemistry_biorefinery_arbiom_biomass_pretreatment_lignin_optafuel_biomethodes_bioskogDeinove is one of our favourite Green Chemistry and SynBio Biotechs, developing micro-factories with their library of Deinococcus. Its projects range from using tobacco plants to making carotenoids, also with a good US presence.

Deinococcus bacteria are especially suited to use in industrial processes, as the strain is very resistant (to low or high pH, high temperatures, toxic chemicals etc.), and has unusual enzymatic and metabolic pathways. Its DNA is also relatively easy to engineer.

Given the potential of the Deinococcus platform, Deinove is well positioned to implement the concept of biorefinery to use biomass to produce chemistry building blocks (like in an oil refinery). These can later be used to make anything – biofuels, bioplastics and even drugs.

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