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Biotechnology applied to obtain printable polymers with biomedical applications using agrofood by-products from Navarra

2021-2023

PROJECT SCOPE

To find new innovative solutions for the valorization of agro-food wastes from the Navarran industry through the application of white biotechnology.
To develop, produce and validate new biodegradable, biocompatible and printable materials based on polyhydroxyalkanoates, for their application in biomedicine and tissue engineering, using different 3D printing techniques.
The development of these biomaterials is carried out through the combination of biotechnological processes of bacterial fermentation and genetic engineering.

CENER ROLE

Characterization and fractionation of agro-food wastes.
Scaling up the fermentation and downstream processes (recovery and purification) for the production of PHAs (P3HB and P3HB-co-4HB) with microbial strains identified for this purpose.
In a final phase of the project, the new biotechnological tools developed at AIN will be scaled up in the CENER pilot plant to carry out efficient production of poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) (P3HB-co-4HB) copolymers.
Techno-economic and environmental feasibility assessment of the processes developed.

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