SBIR Phase I:Engineering Thermophilic Geobacillus to Secrete an Enzyme Cocktail for Industrial Biomass Conversions

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1013185
Agency Tracking Number:
1013185
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
BT6
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
C56
2120 W Greenview Dr., Middleton, WI, 53562
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
785163101
Principal Investigator:
Lauralynn Kourtz
DPhil
(608) 836-3587
lkourtz@C56technologies.com
Business Contact:
Lauralynn Kourtz
DPhil
(608) 836-3587
lkourtz@C56technologies.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project will genetically engineer a thermophilic bacterial strain capable of expressing and secreting all the enzymes necessary for biomass hydrolysis and that can grow on minimal media in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. The National Energy Plan Renewable Fuel Standard mandates the production of 21 billion gallons of advanced biofuels from non-food based crops by 2022. In order to achieve this goal, an economically feasible process to hydrolyze biomass must be developed. Production of cellulosic ethanol currently involves pretreating biomass with steam, acid or base to make it more accessible to enzymatic digestion. Enzymes, namely those possessing cellulase, xylanase,

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