First round of proof-of-concept projects funded by the THYME project


12th March 2019

First round of proof-of-concept projects funded by the THYME project

The THYME project has awarded a total of £350,00 to seven projects aimed at addressing challenges identified for the bioeconomy of the Yorkshire, Humber and Teesside region. Each of the projects feature partners from two of the three THYME universities (Hull, York and Teesside), as well as an industrial partner. This is the first round of proof-of-concept funding from THYME. A second round is due to be announced later in 2019.

The projects are:

The commercial viability of sustainable feedstocks for the production of pharmaceutical products.

Exploring the use of glucose derived from sustainable feedstocks, as an alternative to food grade glucose, for antibiotic production.

Lead Institution: BDC (Ana Casas Garcia)

Partner Institution: University of Hull (Linda Whicker)

Industry Partner: GSK

Increasing protein production by exploiting stable protein aggregation.

Exploiting how microbes respond to the formation of protein aggregates (or inclusion bodies) during bioprocess conditions in order to increase the productivity of bio-based protein production.

Lead Institution: Teesside University (Muhammad Safwan Akram)

Partner Institution: University of York (Gavin Thomas)

Industry Partner: Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

Can we repurpose process-scale assets to demonstrate anaerobic digestion innovations?

Developing a fully costed proposal for the repurposing of a Yorkshire Water anaerobic digestion site as an innovation facility, completing the demonstration pipeline from laboratory to pilot to process scale.

Lead Institution: University of York (James Chong)

Partner Institution: Teesside University (Gary Montague)

Industry Partner: Yorkshire Water

Application of a novel triglyceride oil from Alexanders seed in food products.

Producing, testing and establishing the regulatory status of seed oil from Alexanders (horse parsley):  a potentially high-value food ingredient to replace butter and other solid fats and create low saturated fat, dairy free products.

Lead Institution: BDC (Raymond Sloan)

Partner Institution: Teesside University (Jibin He)

Industry Partner: Naturiol Bangor Ltd, New Holland Extraction Ltd, AMC (UK) Ltd, Bangor University

Scaled-down automated micro-bioreactor system with integrated downstream analytics for bioprocessing.

Developing a micro-bioreactor system with integrated sensors, downstream analytics and means to perform fluidic operations, for a range of miniaturised bioprocessing applications, including cell culture and enzyme-catalysed reactions.

Lead institution: Teesside University (Zulfiqur Ali)

Partner Institution: BDC (Rosie Nolan)

Industry partner: Unilever, Quorn, Croda

Improving the efficiency of anaerobic digestion by further understanding microbial processes.

Understanding the microbial processes occurring within two Northumbrian Water anaerobic digestion facilities and making recommendations for their optimisation.

Lead Institution: Teesside University (Caroline Orr)

Partner Institution: University of York (James Chong) & BDC (Susan Heywood)

Industry partner: Northumbrian Water

Machine learning and metabolic modelling of biofilms in the human gut.

Combining computer science, mathematics and biotechnology to provide insights into how machine learning can help identify the best conditions for specific microbial communities in the gut that are important for human health.

Lead Institution: Teesside University (Claudio Angione)

Partner Institution: University of Hull (Georgios Efthimiou)

Industry Partner: Quadram Institute, Materials Process Institute

The THYME Project expects to run a 3 year programme of Proof of Concept projects depending upon the level of demand.  Please keep checking the website for further updates.

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