Dr. Hans Blaschek
Bio Fuels/Bio Chemicals
TSC MEMBER INSTITUTION(S):
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Energy
US Department of Agriculture
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
TetraVitae Bioscience is developing bio-based chemical, plastics and fuels. Their focus is the production of biobutanol using a proprietary fermentation process and enhanced microorganism platform. Their biobutanol technology has demonstrated significant improvements over conventional approaches in key performance metrics.
TetraVitae has patented a mutant strain of Clostridium beijerinicki that produces higher levels of butanol thank wild-type strains and that is known for its stability, robustness, and responsiveness to genetic modification and improvement.
UNIVERSITY-BASED RESEARCH CONNECTION:
Dr. Hans Blaschek is a professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a leader in the realm of genetic manipulation of the (ABE) fermentation microorganism, Clostridium beijerinicki, for biotechnology applications.
ROLE OF FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDING:
Dr. Blaschek’s work has funding from the Department of Energy and the US Department of Agriculture Value Added Non-Foods program.
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