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Genetic Improvement of a Novel Yeast to Produce Commercially Important Chemicals from Xylose

  • Project Leaders: Hennie van Vuuren
  • Institutions: Creatus Biosciences
  • Budget: $1000000
  • Program/Competition: Strategic Opportunities Fund for Industry
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome British Columbia
  • Fiscal Year: 2014
  • Status: Closed

A team of BC scientists, led by UBC’s Dr. Hennie van Vuuren, and investors have founded Creatus Biosciences Inc. (Creatus) to realize applications of a novel micro-organism that produces commercially valuable chemicals with applications across many industry markets.

The chemical synthesis of many compounds is often environmentally unsustainable and capital intensive, making biological production a win-win situation. The strategy of this research was to be able to produce these compounds using genetic engineering in the micro-organism discovered by the team. Creatus will patent and commercialize or license the technologie(s) once developed.