Philosophy and Projects
The world must transition to renewables if it is to survive and thrive over the next century. All Microbiogen projects are designed to help achieve this goal. The company also strongly believes in a work life balance and diversity in its highly trained workforce. Flexible work hours and long term incentives have resulted in a work force with an average employment duration in excess of 10 years, a 50:50 male to female ratio and less than 50% of employees were born in Australia. Due to the nature of industrial biotechnology, high quality collaborations are the key to success. Microbiogen is open to new partnerships where a new opportunity is identified.
1st Generation Biofuels
Microbiogen is applying its technology to maximise the efficiency and sustainability of 1st generation bioethanol. This key biofuel market is the stepping stone to long term sustainable biofuels and over time is expected to converge with 2nd generation biofuels. Microbiogen is already making a difference with its global collaboration with Novozymes with first product launched in early 2018.
2nd Generation Biofuels
1st Generation Biofuels on their own are unlikely to be sufficient to replace fossil oil. The next generation of biofuels that utiluse the non-food portion of a plant are predicted to be the long future of renewable liquid fuels. Biocatalysts available today can "get the job done" but are by no means optimised. The Australian Federal Government is supporting Microbiogen and a large global collaborator to optimise such a biocatalyst through an A$8M project that is expected to finish in late 2020.
Human and animal applications
An ever expanding human population requires not just more energy, but more efficiently produced food and feed. Microbiogen is developing biocatalysts for direct human consumption (bread) and animal consumption (feed) that is superior to current products available. These new biocatalysts not only have greater functionality but can be grown on low value non-sugar streams thus decreasing their cost and carbon footprint and increasing their sustainability.
Bio-chemicals and Other
Most biochemicals are derived from fossil hydrocarbons and thus are not sustainable. The biocatalysts developed for Microbiogen's other various projects are unique and likely to be ideal "backbone" strains for the production of bio-chemicals from either 1st or 2nd generation sugars. In this area and other developing areas, Microbiogen is seeking suitable global partners for collaboration.