A step towards next generation material transition
Topic: Smart Fermentation
Speaker: Dr. Miaomiao Zhou, associate professor Smart Fermentation – MNEXT
Moderator: Han van Kasteren, Professor Biobased Building Blocks & Products – MNEXT
Fermentation technology is one of the most promising solutions to the problem of resource inequality and pollution. Far evolved from making sauerkraut, modern fermentation is able to produce a large variety of materials using microbial cell factories. Precision fermentation, driven by biotechnology, is advancing toward large-scale chemical and biobased material production. This approach has the potential to generate animal-free alternatives. With a predicted $2.2 billion global market size by 2026, precision fermentation-derived material transition aims to thrive, side by side of the booming alternative protein/food sector.
In this lunch and learn online session, Dr. Miaomiao Zhou shared her knowledge of precision fermentation. She gave a description of the current status of the technology concerning alternative material production and beyond. She also characterized the current technological, political and economic bottlenecks hampering the development of precision fermentation.
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