In 2019, Japan has formulated a new Bio-Strategy with the goal of achieving the world’s most advanced bio-economy by 2030. Major targets are bioplastics and high-performance chemicals manufactured by “smart cells” of plant and microbial origin and integrated bioproduction processes – so-called biofoundries. The 4 years program will include data-driven creation of new enzymes, integrated bio-production management systems and large-scale chemical production systems using genetically modified plants, shared by some 10 companies and 10 universities.

NEDO news release, August 28, 2020