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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2011.3.4-02 | Award Amount: 13.25M | Year: 2012

BioConSepT aims to demonstrate the technically feasibility of White Biotech processes for the conversion of 2nd generation biomass into platform chemicals, which are 30% cheaper and 30% more sustainable than existing chemical routes or 1st generation processes. BioConSepT uses lignocellulose and non-edible oils & fats as cheap, abundantly available feedstocks, which cannot be used as food. The main achievements expected for BioConSepT are: (1) to develop the robust enzymes and micro-organisms suited for the more dirty 2nd generation feedstocks; (2) to reduce equipment costs and the number of process steps by the integration of bioconversion and highly selective separation technologies; (3) to facilitate easy integration in existing production chains by deploying combinations of bio- and chemical conversions and by proving the suitability of the produced platform chemicals for bio-based polymers, resins, plasticizers, solvents and surfactants and (4) by realisation of the 1st demonstration of integrated production chains from 2nd generation feedstocks to platform chemicals at industrially relevant scale. BioConSepT will bring novel technologies from lab to pilot scale by high level applied research. The consortium consists of 15 SMEs (suppliers of equipment, bioconversions, separation technologies and services), 10 large industrial parties (producers, end-users, engineering and consultancy companies) and 5 leading RTOs from 11 different countries. The large industrial parties and SMEs expect new products, processes, services and customers with a potential value of hundreds of M. BioConSepT will reduce the total processing costs and thus improve the competitiveness of the European agro/food and chemical industries. The use of renewable biomass will lead to a significant reduction of Green House Gas emissions and a more secure supply of feedstocks, energy and water as well as reduction of waste generation.


Smidt M.,Intercell | Battig P.,Karolinska Institutet | Verhaegh S.J.C.,Erasmus University Rotterdam | Niebisch A.,Intercell | And 12 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Moraxella catarrhalis is one of the three most common causative bacterial pathogens of otitis media, however no effective vaccine against M. catarrhalis has been developed so far. To identify M. catarrhalis vaccine candidate antigens, we used carefully selected sera from children with otitis media and healthy individuals to screen small-fragment genomic libraries that are expressed to display frame-selected peptides on a bacterial cell surface. This ANTIGENome technology led to the identification of 214 antigens, 23 of which were selected by in vitro or in vivo studies for additional characterization. Eight of the 23 candidates were tested in a Moraxella mouse pulmonary clearance model, and 3 of these antigens induced significantly faster bacterial clearance compared to adjuvant or to the previously characterized antigen OmpCD. The most significant protection data were obtained with the antigen MCR_1416 (Msp22), which was further investigated for its biological function by in vitro studies suggesting that Msp22 is a heme binding protein. This study comprises one of the most exhaustive studies to identify potential vaccine candidate antigens against the bacterial pathogen M. catarrhalis. © 2013 Smidt et al.


O'Neill M.,Biocatalysis Group | Beecher D.,Biocatalysis Group | Mangan D.,Biocatalysis Group | Rowan A.S.,Biocatalysis Group | And 5 more authors.
Tetrahedron Asymmetry | Year: 2012

A novel, commercially available lipase enzyme panel performing kinetic bioresolutions of a number of secondary alcohols is reported. The secondary alcohols that have been chosen are known from the literature to be particularly challenging substrates to resolve. Following initial screening, four co-solvents were investigated for each lead enzyme in an effort to assess their tolerance to common organic solvents. The superiority of these novel enzymes over lipase B from Candida antarctica (CALB) has been demonstrated. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Patent
Eucodis Bioscience Gmbh | Date: 2013-06-12

The present invention relates to the use of a secreted fungal catalase, for hydrogen-peroxide neutralization in growth media for the detection of microorganisms as well as to a method for detecting microorganisms in hydrogen peroxide-bearing aerosol or on a hydrogen peroxide bearing surface, said method comprising contacting said aerosol or surface with a growth medium comprising a secreted fungal catalase, and detecting growth of microorganisms in said medium.

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