Novel Cellulase Enzyme
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado, United States
NREL scientists have made a discovery based on a microorganism that was found in 1990 on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. It has now been found that this microorganism can digest cellulose almost twice as fast as the current leading component cellulose enzyme on the market.
Primary Application Area: Biotech & Biological Sciences
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: CelA performs best at elevated temperatures on various biomass: switchgrass, corn stover and xylan from switchgrass. CelA activity is applicable with several biomass pretreatment schemes (alkaline peroxide, dilute-acid and ammonia fiber expansion) but actually performed better on untreated substrate.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 612
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Government Funding/Support to Date: DOE Bioenergy Technology Office and BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) funded.
Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant
Looking for: Development / License Partners