Efficacy of Recombinant Redox Enzymes from Corn in Wood and Textile Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2003-33610-13043
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-00538
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
101 Gateway Blvd., Suite 100, College Station, TX, 77845
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Elizabeth Hood
 (979) 690-8537
Business Contact
 John Howard
Title: Chief Scientific Officer
Phone: (979) 690-8537
Email: jhoward@prodigene.com
Research Institution
NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Industrial proteins produced in plants, particularly corn, offer a unique opportunity for industrial scale production of enzymes at competitive prices and yields that will address markets that cannot be addressed today. These corn-produced enzymes open the possibility to address such large markets as pulp bleaching, textile bleaching, bio-glues and enzymatic remediation of waste streams. The goal is to show efficacy, cost-effectiveness and feasibility of applying oxidative enzymes derived from transgenic corn seed material in these processes. The results of these experiments will define efficacious applications of laccase and manganese peroxidase produced from a corn matrix, and thus direct potential commercial outlets for this new source of redox enzymes.

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