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Rubber Biosynthesis: Nanolipoprotein particle platform for “ex vivo” rubber production

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

LLNL has developed and tested plant-free production of natural rubber polymer using NLP-stabilized rubber transferase, the enzyme used by plants for rubber production. Nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) are nanometer-sized, discoidal particles that self-assemble from purified apolipoprotein and phospholipid. When rubber transferase embeds in the NLP plant-free biosynthetic rubber is produced.

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 2

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The development of biosynthetic rubber production, essentially plant-free, has been accomplished. The primary commercial benefit will be a supply of domestically produced raw material that will lessen dependency on imported material. The overall advantage is natural rubber (NR) could become a domestically produced raw material, possibly becoming a commodity.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 629

Website: https://ipo.llnl.gov

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date:

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners