Year: 2023

2023/11 CCUS: Japan inaugurates ship for liquid CO2 sea transport

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101705.html The CO2 transport test ship “Ekusukuru”, which incorporates a marine cargo tank system for transporting carbon dioxide (CO2) and was developed as part of the “CCUS Research, Development and Verification Project” commissioned by NEDO, was completed, and a naming and delivery ceremony was held. (NGL) and the Engineering National Association of Japan (ENAA), which […]

Three leading bio/healthcare startups: Spiber, Inovacel and CureApp

A recent article in the magazine Nikkei Biotech looks at the situation of Japanese start-ups in bio and healthcare. https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/11/24/11338/ The funding environment for startups in Japan is less mature than in Europe and the United States, and the amounts raised per funding round are generally small. Recently, however, some Japanese bio/healthcare startups have raised […]

CCUS: Japan inaugurates ship for liquid CO2 sea transport

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101705.html The CO2 transport test ship “Ekusukuru”, which incorporates a marine cargo tank system for transporting carbon dioxide (CO2) and was developed as part of the “CCUS Research, Development and Verification Project” commissioned by NEDO, was completed, and a naming and delivery ceremony was held. (NGL) and the Engineering National Association of Japan (ENAA), which […]

Shimadzu subsidiary launches screening tests for newborn

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/11/21/11323/ Shimadzu Corporation announced that its subsidiary Shimadzu Diagnostics will begin selling the TKSneoFinder  detection reagent set, a PCR reagent kit for newborn screening tests.  In conjunction with the sales of the kit, Shimadzu Techno-Research, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corporation, plans to launch a contract newborn screening testing business within FY2023. TKSneoFinder is a PCR […]

Green Earth Institute GEI announces new focus areas

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/11/21/11321/ During a financial results meeting for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2023, the company introduced the pipeline it is currently developing and explained the areas it will focus on in the future. The company’s FY09/2023 sales were 897 million yen (+53.4% YoY), with an operating loss of 106 million yen (vs. an operating […]

Japanese student team wins world synthetic biology competition with production of antidepressants by E. coli

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/11/15/11297/ The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM), an event in which students from around the world compete for research ideas and results in the field of synthetic biology, was held in France from November 2-5, 2023, and a team of Japanese junior and senior high school students won. The team, called “Japan-United,” was headed […]

2023/10 RIKEN to use generative AI in search for exhaustive hypotheses that exceed human cognitive abilities

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/09/06/11054/ A new program “Development and sharing of generative AI models for scientific research” aims to train RIKEN’s experimental/measurement data and paper data to generate hypotheses, experimental plans, etc. Researchers brush up their hypotheses by interacting with AI. First, the policy is to develop for the life/medical science field and the material/physical science field. The […]

Euglena biofuel production plant moving towards commercialization

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/10/31/11231/ Euglena is used to produce biofuels such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), biodiesel fuel, and bionaphtha by adding fats and oils extracted from the microalgae Euglena to used cooking oil. Biofuels are being produced at a biofuel manufacturing demonstration plant in Yokohama City. The plant is scheduled to close by the end of January […]

Takenaka’s CUCO cement features over 80% reduction of CO2 emissions during production

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101698.html As part of NEDO’s Green Innovation Fund project “Development of concrete manufacturing technology using CO2”, Takenaka Corporation, together with Kajima Corporation and Denka Corporation, will develop carbon negative concrete that emits less than zero carbon dioxide (CO2) during the concrete manufacturing process. They have developed a concrete product called CUCO-precast material for construction  that […]

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