IB PRIME COMPETITION (OCTOBER 2018) WINNING PROJECT: 3FBIO AND UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Accelerating scale up of the ABUNDA® bioprocess

3F BIO is commercialising a patented process to use sustainable feedstocks for the concerted production of bioethanol, distillers grain feed co-product and high quality food-grade mycoprotein, with high energetic efficiency and zero waste. Central to the overall process is the fermentation for mycoprotein (‘ABUNDA®’) production by the fungus Fusarium venenatum. Proof of concept has been achieved at lab scale and 3F BIO is currently developing its full-scale production process. The advent of modern whole genome sequencing technologies offers a novel dimension for process understanding and precision to guide scale-up. In this short project, RNA profiles of all genes expressed by Fusarium (‘transcriptomes’) will be obtained under a variety of lab-scale and pilot batch conditions. These data will be used to guide and evaluate the scale-up process for ABUNDA® and to develop a panel of rapid diagnostic tests that will monitor the quality of each batch of the new production process.

Industry Partner: 3FBIO

Academic Partner: University of Strathclyde - Dr Nick Tucker

IBioIC Funding: £42,379.00

Total Project Cost: £91,762.00