HiBD Co. produces certified biojet fuel from waste cooking oil The City University of Kitakyushu and HiBD Research Institute have jointly developed a technology for the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using the patented HiJET technology that conforms to “Annex 2” of ASTM D7566, the international standard for Sustainable Aviation Fuel. This technology uses animal and vegetable fats and oils such as waste […]

GEI opens Biofoundry Manufacturing Plant On June 2, 2023, Green Earth Institute inaugurated the Biofoundry Research Institute, part of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Biofoundry Project, at the Mitsui Chemicals Mobara Branch Plant in Mobara City, Chiba Prefecture. NEDO’s biopharmaceutical foundry project aims to establish and demonstrate the technologies necessary to build biomanufacturing using […]

NEDO supports ammonia-cofired ship engine development NEDO has started the world’s first ammonia fuel mixing test using an actual marine 4-stroke engine with an 80% ammonia fuel mixing ratio, which is planned to be installed on an actual vessel. IHI Power Systems is in charge of the development. The actual engine and its peripheral equipment will undergo operational tests to […]

Singapore Umami Meats develops “cultured fish meat” Singapore-based Umami Meats, a developer of cultured fish meat, has developed cultured fish fillets using a 3D printer in collaboration with Israel-based Steakholder Foods. The two companies held a tasting event in Israel on the same day, and while efforts to develop cultured beef using 3D printers are underway in Japan, the development of […]

Moderna and IBM use quantum computing and MolFormer-XL, a generative AI, for mRNA medicine Moderna and IBM announced on April 20, 2023 that they have entered into an agreement to collaborate on the design of safe and effective mRNA medicines. Under the agreement, Moderna plans to leverage next-generation technologies such as quantum computing and generative AI (Generative AI) to accelerate progress in mRNA drug research and development. Over […]

Galdiera – a red microalgae useful for gold extraction from waste water and micro-mining Galdieria sulphuraria is a heterotrophic red alga found in sulfuric hot springs. It is a member of the Aedes aegypti Galderia is a startup that aims to cultivate and process Galdieria sulphuraria, and market it as a metal adsorbent for gold, palladium, and other metals. Galdieria sulphuraria is a unicellular red alga that lives […]

Toray and Mitsui Sugar realize bagasse-to-sugar plant in Thailand Toray Ltd. and DM Mitsui Sugar have jointly developed a system to produce plant-derived sugar from sugarcane residue (bagasse) generated at sugar refineries in Thailand as part of NEDO’s “Demonstration Project on Energy-saving Cellulose Sugar Production System from Surplus Bagasse Raw Material.  This system will make it possible to replace petroleum-derived chemicals with chemicals […]

CHITOSE Carbon Capture Central (C4) starts 7 ha microalgae cultivation facility in Kuching, Malaysia Across the road is a thermal power plant, and the CO2 in its exhaust gas is used to cultivate algae in photo bio reactors on 4,54 ha, with the total capacity reaching 4,060 tons (photo courtesy of Chitose Institute). C4 was established on behalf of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), […]

Kewpie and Hiroshima University create ovomucoid-free chicken eggs by genome editing Kewpie and Hiroshima University have removed ovomucoid in chicken egg by genome editing. They succeeded in completely eliminating the obomucoid epitope by placing a deletion just behind the translation start point and causing a frameshift. They have also succeeded in suppressing off-target cleavage by using the TALEN technology of Platinum Bio. The obomucoid accounts […]

Kobe’s BioPalette develops enterobacteria for microbiome therapy BioPalette is a Kobe University startup established in February 2017 based on research results from Kobe University. Professor Keiji Nishida and his research team at Kobe University’s Research Center for Advanced Biotechnology have developed “Target-AID” and “Target-G,” base-editing technologies that can rewrite bases without cutting DNA, among other genome editing technologies. Target-AID” uses […]

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