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Japan: bioplastics production increases due to government support

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/column/16/031700078/092600020/ Bioplastics, which are made from renewable resources and are biodegradable, have been rapidly gaining popularity in recent years. With the Japanese government’s promotion of bioplastics, companies are increasing production of existing products and developing new ones. The challenges are to further reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing and use, and to improve functionality in […]

Kirin offers MicroBio Me gut bacteria test

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/column/16/020100064/090600018/ The MicroBio Me kit is a gut bacteria test offered by Kirin HD. This test was developed by Thorne, a company that manufactures and sells supplements and conducts a variety of other tests. The test is characterized by the use of shotgun metagenomic sequencing, which directly reads the genome sequence, rather than the 16S rRNA […]

A hybrid stirrer system allows for cultivation of mycelia in a single-use bioreactor

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101694.html Satake Multimix Corporation, Tohoku University and Godo Shusei Co. as part of NEDO’s “Development of Bio-based Product Production Technology to Accelerate the Realization of Carbon Recycling” project  have established a stirring system that can efficiently stir the culture medium with lower power and ensure aeration volume. By establishing a stirring system that can efficiently agitate the culture […]

Kajima develops extraction system for proteins from GEM plants

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101695.html Kajima Corporation is participating in joint research on the “Demonstration and Development of a Large-Scale Production System for Useful Materials Using Genetically Modified Plants” under NEDO’s “Development of Bio-based Product Production Technology to Accelerate the Realization of Carbon Recycling”. As part of this research, Kajima has recently developed an integrated extraction system that can […]

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/ In 2024, MEXT will fund a project (“Development and sharing of generative AI models for scientific research”) at RIKEN to develop generative AI that forms hypotheses through dialogue with researchers. The project  aims to train RIKEN’s experimental data and published data to generate hypotheses, experimental plans, etc., to help researchers brush up their hypotheses […]

Takara Bio establish technology to manufacture CAR-T cells within 2 days

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/09/05/11051/ Takara Bio has announced that it has established a technology to rapidly produce chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR-T cells). By shortening the culture period to two days, it is possible to produce CAR-T cells with higher cytotoxic activity than usual, and the company plans to utilize this in its CDMO business. The company’s CDMO […]

BioPhenolics Co. aims at mass production of dozens of aromatic chemicals using “smart cells”

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/column/16/021500017/090500297/ https://bio-phenolics.com/?page_id=68 BioPhenolics is a startup from the University of Tsukuba that is conducting research and development of technology to produce aromatic hydrocarbon chemicals with benzene rings using improved microorganisms (“smart cells”). Currently, BioPhenolics has a pipeline of more than 10 chemical products that it is independently researching and developing, and when combined with the […]

Chitose and Kyowa Hakko Bio improve fermentation yields by 10% using AI

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101685.html Fermentation production of food materials requires the wisdom, know-how, and so-called “craftsmanship” of experts to ensure stable production, such as setting optimal culture conditions. On the other hand, it takes a very long time to inherit and acquire the “craftsmanship” of such skilled workers, the aging of skilled workers, and the outflow of technology […]

CarbGem has developed a 5 min automatic GRAM staining device

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/08/29/11028/ https://carbgem.com/en/ The startup CarbGem uses AI and other technologies to test for infectious disease. The company now has developed a compact automated Gram staining device called PoCGS-iE. In addition to research institutions, the company will also sell the product to food companies, livestock farms, and other companies with a need to confirm bacterial species. […]

Japanese consortium: flavor of cultured meat needs improvement

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/08/31/11042/ According to a joint poster presentation at the 5th Cellular Agriculture Conference by Professor Noriya Matsuzaki and his team from Osaka University, Toppan Printing, Shimadzu Corporation and Itoham, the taste of cultured meat still needs some improvement. Prof. Matsuzaki and his colleagues have developed technology to produce cultured meat using a 3D printer. Muscle […]

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