Second All Hands Meeting
The second annual Agile BioFoundry (ABF) All Hands Meeting took place September 10-12, 2018 at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in Emeryville, California. The first two days of the three-day meeting comprised a detailed review of the previous 12 months and detailed planning and strategizing for the future. Day three included participants from the ABF’s Industrial Advisory Board, as well as industry and academic proposers to the ABF’s 2017 Directed-Funding Opportunity and proposers to DOE’s 2018 BEEPS FOA. The annual meeting represents a great opportunity for ABF researchers and industry / academia to interact face-to-face with each other and to strengthen their professional relationships. The All Hands Meeting is held annually, with the venue rotating between the National Laboratories participating in the ABF.
Photo credit: John Gladden
Three Agile BioFoundry Bioenergy R&D Projects Receive DOE Awards
September 25, 2018 – Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development (R&D), including three that will make use of DOE’s Agile BioFoundry expertise in the areas of advanced biomanufacturing and bioproducts.
This R&D will enable cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. The work supports the DOE’s goal of reducing the cost of bio-based drop-in fuels to $3/gallon by 2022 to continue to provide consumers with affordable, reliable transportation energy choices.
The three awards stem from the “BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis” funding opportunity that aims to create highly efficient conversion processes to increase the affordability of fuels from biomass and waste feedstocks. This will be accomplished by improving catalysts and new biological systems, identifying ways to better utilize waste streams like carbon dioxide (CO2) and biosolids, and creating high-value co-products that can improve the economic viability of biofuels production.
The awards are:
- $2,000,000 to work with Lygos Inc. of Berkeley, California, to implement a high-throughput microbial engineering Design-Build-Test-Learn cycle incorporating transcriptomic, metabolomic, and proteomic analyses along with machine learning. In collaboration with the Agile BioFoundry, Lygos will implement this high-throughput DBTL workflow to improve production of the target biochemical in Pichia kudriavzevii, an acid tolerant strain of yeast. Read more.
- $1,321,381 to work with ZymoChem of Castro Valley, California, to develop a bio-based process that is tailored for utilizing sugar-rich feedstocks derived from lignocellulosic biomass for the production of industrially desired bioproducts. Project partners include Oak Ridge National Lab and Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU). Read more.
- $2,000,000 to work with University of California, San Diego to develop novel algae platforms for the production of polymer precursors, while simultaneously developing basic tools to enable improved algal production systems that will accelerate the process from initial concept to market supply. Read more.
Learn more about the selected projects here.
Agile BioFoundry Announces New Projects
October 2, 2017 – The DOE’s Agile BioFoundry announced the commencement of seven projects with industry partners and an academic lab under the recent $5M Directed Funding Opportunity. See the press release for more details.
All Hands Meetings
The first annual Agile BioFoundry (ABF) All Hands Meeting took place August 28-29, 2017 at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. The ABF’s Industrial Advisory Board, as well as industry and academic proposers to the ABF’s Directed-Funding Opportunity, were invited to participate in the first day of the meeting. The all hands meeting was a great opportunity for ABF researchers and industrial/academic advisors/collaborators (distributed across the United States) to interact face-to-face with each other and to strengthen their professional relationships. The All Hands Meeting will repeat on an annual basis, with the venue likely rotating between the National Laboratories participating in the ABF.
Megan Krysiak (NREL) photo credits.