Manufacture of renewable alternative chemicals by clostridial fermentation (ReAIChem): exploring responsible innovation in practice

In collaboration with:Green Biologics Ltd (project lead, Dr Liz Johnson); BioExtractions (Wales) Ltd; Dynamic Extractions Ltd

  • Awarded to: Professor Susan Molyneux-Hodgson
  • Funding Awarded to Exeter: £183,907 (total funding of £758,612)
  • Dates: 1 August 2017 - 31 July 2019
  • Sponsor(s): Innovate UK

Green Biologics Ltd, a renewable chemical company which is now producing the only commercially available renewable acetone and butanol globally, is teaming up with innovative SMEs Dynamic Extractions (DE) and BioExtractions Wales (BEW) to develop a manufacturing process for the biological production of a medically and chemically important biochemical.  Supported by the University of Exeter (responsible research), E4tech (life cycle analysis) and Keit (process analysis and control) the team aim to develop a process for production that uses renewable feedstocks and processing, reduces the environmental impact of manufacture and is made using methodology that is acceptable to society at large. The project will apply CLEAVE™, a GBL-developed technology that revolutionises the use of clostridial bacteria for the production of a wide range of biochemicals. GBL will develop the microbes and manufacturing process with technology developed by DE and BEW being used to purify the product and develop new markets based on promoting sustainability.