Inspired by the robustness and ability of natural microbial ecosystems to perform complex biochemical synthesis, our EcoSynth™ platform leverages a unique combination of know-how in microbial ecology and engineering for the design and construction of synthetic microbial ecosystems to efficiently produce target biochemical products. Based on ground-breaking research done by Prof. Nina Lin and Dr. Jeremy Minty at the University of Michigan, our modular platform offers key advantages compared to conventional monoculture based fermentation, including feedstock flexibility and the capability to produce expensive metabolic precursors in-situ. Our goal is to use the EcoSynth Platform to develop more efficient and cost-effective routes for producing a variety of biochemicals and biofuels, enabling commercialization of more sustainable and eco-friendly materials and fuels. Current projects include Ecovia™ Biopolymers and Cellulosic Biofuels.
The EcoSynth™ platform can be readily adapted to produce a variety of biochemical and biofuel products. If you are interested in using EcoSynth™ technology to improve your biofuel/biochemical fermentation process, please contact us.
How It Works
Ecovia's core concept entails using a team of different microbial species, each specialized in performing a different biosynthesis step, to convert biomass to a specified biofuel or biochemical product. This approach of consolidating multi-step biosynthesis pathways into a single bioreactor tank could yield dramatic reductions in processing and capital costs by reducing the number of unit operations required for biochemical/biofuel fermentation processes, and by enabling the use of lower-cost biomass feedstocks. The modularity of the EcoSynth™ platform enables us to readily adapt co-cultures to different feedstocks and biochemical products. Compared to conventional biotechnology approaches for fermentation based products, which focus on integrating all required biochemical functions into a single host strain, the EcoSynth™ approach is faster and simpler from an R&D standpoint.
US Government Funding
Our platform is supported by funding from three US government agencies, including the United States Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy.
More information about our grant funding history can be found here: https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/677521