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NEDO defines five new topics for “smart cell industry” program

The “smart cell industry” program of NEDO (2016-2020) aims to produce industrial materials from plants and microorganisms in economically viable yields based on metabolic engineering and synthetic biology. The five new topics (2019-2020) are

  • Microbial production of polyamide materials (Toray)
  • Cholesterol esterase derived from recombinant Burkholderia stabilis (Asahi Kasei Pharma)
  • Microbial production of ergothioneine, a rare amino acid (Nagase Sangyo)
  • Soy sauce koji mold with high content of long-chain ceramide (Fukuoka Soy Sauce Brewing Association)
  • Enzyme engineering for production of chemicals with high added value (Amano Enzymes)

NEDO news release, May 7, 2019


 

EdiGene startup to focus on gene therapy of orphan diseases

The company is a spin-off of the University of Tokyo, using the research results of Osamu NUREKI. They develop in vivo gene therapy using adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors for single gene diseases. https://www.j-startup.go.jp/en/startups/017_edigene.html

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