FabricNano and Sumitomo Chemical America announced today their partnership to develop a biomanufacturing process for industrial chemicals in various application fields to reduce the carbon footprint of commodity chemical processes globally. Cell-free biomanufacturing will unlock the application realm of synthetic biology and offers the promise to radically scale its impact. Because of the inherent limitations of traditional, cell-based systems, from process efficiencies to purification costs, traditional systems cannot reach the same markets (and cannot be as cost-effective) as cell-free technology. FabricNano’s cell-free approach is unique because of its applicability across industries as well as its ability to build upon protein engineering technologies efficiently while keeping process development costs as low as possible.
FabricNano, a London-based enzyme immobilization and biocatalysis company, has been working with Sumitomo Chemical America for the past year to build the individual components of the process for a target chemical output. The latter half of the partnership will focus on working together to scale the process.