Excellence in Bioengineering
Specialty Fats through
Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering allow us to build proprietary yeast strains. We use iterative engineering cycles and high-throughput screening to create and improve yeast cells for production of different fats.
Precision Fermentation and Microbial Bioengineering
We use yeasts as our “microbial cell factories”. Yeast cells naturally consume sugars found in plant sources and produce alcohol from it. That process is known as “fermentation” and it is the core technology behind beer and wine brewing or bread making. Simply put, we engineer yeast cells so that they can produce different animal fats, instead of alcohol! From that point on, the process is similar: yeasts ferment sugars and produce your tailor-made fats!
The Process, Explained
Yeasts have been used for thousands of years for production of of foods and beverages, such as bread, beer, and wine.
Yeast cells are robust and reliable industrial workhorses. Maybe for that, yeast has been adapted through biotechnology to be the catalyst of choice in very different industries, such as bioethanol and insulin production.
We take a step forward on this process and engineer yeast at its core for the production of different fats with desired properties.
Metabolism is a network of pathways through which molecules flow. By engineering the metabolism of the yeast cell, the cell can now convert natural sugars into fats. Using specialized enzymes, we can dictate the structure and properties of the fats produced– such as chain length and saturation . This allows us to tailor-make these fats to specific applications. We can produce fats that are identical to animal fats, or completely new fats with new properties!
Iterative Improvement Cycle
Through iterative development cycles and state-of-the art technology, we are able to use synthetic biology tools to create and screen different yeast cell designs. We can then understand which designs work best and repeat the process until we get robust and high-producing cells with desired fat profiles.
The Tools that Make It Possible
Rational Design & Computational Tools
Synthetic Biology Toolbox
Screening & Characterization
OMICS & High-throughput screening