Lygos awarded 3 innovation research grants to advance biochemicals

March 17, 2019 |

In California, Lygos Inc., producer of specialty chemicals, announced three innovation research grants totaling $750,000 of non-equity funding to support advanced research and development. These funds have been awarded through separate grants from the United States Department of Energy (DOE), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

“These three grants are a vital tool for driving innovation and exploring new approaches to outdated or challenging manufacturing practices,” said Eric Steen, PhD, Co-founder and CEO of Lygos. “Lygos is proud to partner with these agencies and their tremendous teams of scientists to apply our bio-based specialty chemicals in ways that revive innovation across large-scale industries from consumer electronics to health and nutrition to high-performance plastics and materials.”

National Science Foundation Phase IIB SBIR Grant ($500K) aims to develop new technologies to fix CO2 during microbial biochemical production, providing new ways to capture and valorize this abundant greenhouse gas.

DOE Phase I SBIR Grant ($150K) concentrates on solving purity and cost issues related to the incumbent processes used in glycolic acid manufacturing.

USDA Phase I SBIR Grant ($100K) focuses on biological technologies to produce glyceric acid, an enabling chemical for manufacturing new polycarbonates.

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