“These three grants are a vital tool for driving innovation and exploring new approaches to outdated or challenging manufacturing practices,” said Eric Steen, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Lygos.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.”
The following three Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants will support the development of new approaches for the sustainable production of high-value, specialty organic acids used to manufacture a variety of high-performance polymers:
- 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.
Lygos' proprietary platform is based on a high-throughput combination of computational modeling, unique microbe engineering and screening, and machine learning to identify and develop new bio-routes to chemicals.