Synbio Power Pitch
Meet the Finalists:
Team Umkele (previously Zimmuti)
This project seeks to develop a cyanobacteria chassis capable of synthesizing and exporting hydrophilic products such as sugars that can support E. coli production systems for high productivity in an on-demand autonomous continous-flow system.
Team: Stephen Mukuze, Kenani Kenani, Dr. Petros Chigwechoka, Dr. Stephen Obol Opiyo, Startup, Zimbabwe
Team Nordic Bioproducts
Our patented AaltoCell process can power clean, abundant, 0-loss of energy sugar streams for biotechnology applications. We can also produce an injection moldable bioplastics from PLA, produced from our own residual sugars, nanocellulose and fibrillated microcrystalline cellulose made out of industrial sidestreams. Our material is compostable but can also be recycled! Our material is cheaper than PLA and it is much easier to process than PLA.
Team: Olli Kähkönen, Ville Nyman, Dario Forneris, Oskari Larkimo, Eetu Satosalmi. Startup, Finland
In Europe 4 million tons of used cooking oils (UCO) are produced per year and only 5% is collected mostly for biofuel production. The rest is wrongly disposed of, polluting our environment. REWOW valorizes this waste product through a biotechnological process to produce bio-based polymers which can find applications in different fields. REWOW's idea solves the unsustainable production of fossil-based polymers and the lack of upcycle processes for UCOs. The Market for bio-based polymers is steadily increasing. The bio-based polymers proposed by REWOW are novel polymeric compounds that are not present in the market. The polymers are specifically aliphatic polyesters which can substitute other fossil-based polyolefins which, moreover, are not biodegradable. Our products derive from waste materials and they show high versatility. REWOW is developing a portfolio of products which can find application in different fields. The first product is an ingredient for cosmetic formulations used as dispersant of powders used in sunscreens and make-up. Further R&D activities will help the development of other products.
Team: Antonino Biundo, Ilaria Lorusso, Lawyer (CLO);
Alessandro Cristiano, MBA (CFO), Startup, Italy
Enzymity is about plastics circularity - instead of waiting for mass adoption of biodegradable plastics, our idea is to make existing plastics biodegradable. At the core of the concept is enzymatic depolymerization: in other words, using custom recombinant proteins to break down plastics into monomers. The specialized enzymes are produced by a metabolically optimized host and then combined with ground-up plastic waste in a depolymerization reactor. The resulting monomers are separated and purified to serve as inputs for new virgin plastic, while the enzymes are recovered for the next depolymerization cycle. The first cases we are working on are PET and PE, while our ultimate goal is to be able to safely break down any plastic waste mix into high-grade reusable components, potentially without the need for sorting and other pre-treatment - an integrated platform for true plastics circularity!
Team: Andrii Shekhirev, Aleksejs Kolpakovs, Elina Dace, Filips Oleskovs,
Egils Stalidzans, Janis Liepins, Startup Latvia
MPower: Microbial fuel cells for carbon-negative power generation from waste streams with microbes
Microbial fuel cells are biological analogues of traditional fuel cells, converting biomass (carbohydrates) to usable electricity power using microbes. They present a carbon-negative source for constant power generation from waste water remediation plants, generating hydrogen and methane as addition
Team: Prateek Singh, Startup, Finland