BIOTRANSFORMATION INNOVATION PLATFORM

biotrans

The platform adopts a multidisciplinary approach to discover novel, sustainable biotechnology for the production of high value-added specialty chemical ingredients for the food, nutrition and consumer care sectors.

 
 
The Biotransformation Innovation Platform is a research initiative under the Food and Consumer (FNC) cluster in Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). It was conceived to leverage on the excellent science base in Singapore, and to drive this capacity to generate new knowledge into industrially driven innovation, bridging the gap between academic excellence and industrial development. The platform houses its own scientific specialists but also draws on a network of academic scientists in other A*STAR institutes and the local universities (NUS, NTU, SIT).

The platform adopts a multidisciplinary approach to discover novel sustainable biotechnology for the production of high value-added specialty chemical ingredients for the food, nutrition and consumer care sectors. This spans the screening of natural and synthetic biodiversity to identify new target molecules which harness the natural or engineered metabolic capacity of microbial platforms adapted to the constraints of industrial scale fermentation. The objective is to provide sustainable biotechnology solutions to satisfy consumers’ desire for natural ingredients.

Several in-house projects have been successfully developed, patented and are currently being negotiated for licensing for industrial scale production of flavors and fragrances, nutraceuticals as well as cosmetic ingredients. Other projects developing in situ fermentation processes to deliver signature flavor and other benefits to food have received industrial support and will help inject modern technological solutions into the existing food industry.

The platform is committed to developing novel, validated and sustainable biotechnological solutions for industry application, to promote the development of a manufacturing sector in Singapore that uses bio-enabled processes.