27 February 2008 10:22 [Source: ICIS news]
MUMBAI (ICIS news)--Netherlands-based DSM said it has received a grant from the US Energy Department for developing an innovative biotechnological approach to bioproducts and biofuels, it said on Wednesday.
“The grant will fund an extensive enzyme development programme which will focus on finding applications in cellulose-based biorefineries for the production of bio-based products, including biofuels,” the company said.
The research on the four-year enzyme development programme will be conducted by a technical consortium in which DSM will be the lead partner.
The grant is in line with the "white biotech" programme that DSM is running as one of its emerging business areas with the aim of becoming a company fully focused on life sciences and materials sciences.
"The focus of this funded programme is right at the heart of our white biotechnology strategy to create practical solutions for the biorefineries of the future, using feedstocks that are not in conflict with food and feed supplies," said DSM vice-president for white biotechnology Volkert Claassen.
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