Helmholtz Association supports Jülich biotechnology lab

News from our customer - Forschungszentrum Jülich receives funding for a new innovation lab:

The Microbial Bioprocess Lab (MiBioLab). Innovation labs are set up by the Helmholtz Association to involve companies for the long term in joint development projects to promote translational research and the practical application of research findings.

The MiBioLab is to provide innovative technologies for developing production processes using microorganisms. Total project investment is expected to be just under four million euros.
"Recent years have seen rapid advances in molecular biology tools on the genetic modification of microorganisms", explains Prof. Marco Oldiges from the Biotechnology department at the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences. Nowadays, large strain libraries can be created for a range of platform organisms. "However, only a fraction of the strains catalogued are suitable for developing useful production processes – for manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and feed and food additives", adds Oldiges' colleague, Dr.-Ing. Stephan Noack. "Rapid strain phenotyping – the quantitative analysis of the structural and functional properties of the microorganisms – is therefore essential to the development of these production processes."

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