Low-Cost Succinate Production Using Grain Sorghum and Engineered E. coli

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2005-33610-15508
Agency Tracking Number: 2005-00398
Amount: $79,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AgRenew, Inc.
1500 Hayes Drive, Manhattan, KS, 66502
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Praveen Vadlani
 Principal Scientist-Fermentation
 (785) 537-0088
 vadlani@agrenewinc.com
Business Contact
 Praveen Vadlani
Title: Principal Scientist-Fermentation
Phone: (785) 537-0088
Email: vadlani@agrenewinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Succinic acid is referred to as a "platform chemical" because it can be reacted with other molecules to create several industrial chemicals. The current 10 million lb/year market for synthetic succinic acid is limited due to cost of manufacture. If successful, this project will result in a low-cost succinic acid bioprocess, thereby increasing market potential and helping to move the United States toward greater energy self-sufficiency. Further, the successful outcome of the project will give enormous scope to harness under-utilized crops, such as grain sorghum, as a feedstock.

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