The $200,00 was awarded to the Chief Scientist at VG Energy, Dr. Marty Dickman, and Dr. Paul de Figueiredo, an Associate Professor of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University to fund an experiment with the title A Universal Small Molecule System for the Non-lytic Secretion of Oils from Living Cells.
This grant will be utilized for joint endeavors to maximize non-lytic secretion of oils through the use of small molecule metabolic disrupting agents that comprise VG Energy protected patents. The study will also focus on recognizing molecular targets as well as the ideal conditions for the secretion of lipids. Species employed in this research will resemble the strains currently used in production. The $200,000 grant will be dispensed over the next 2 years.
One of the main problems biofuel and nutraceutical producers encounter is the extraction of lipids from cells that produce oil. The findings of this funded experiment have the potential of allowing algae producers to lower the costs of extraction, which constitute about 50-67% of the company’s total production costs. If the findings of the study prove to be workable, it will be used on algae, yeast and other plant cells used in the nutraceutical and biofuel markets.
John Tynan, the Interim President and CEO of VG Life Sciences, shares that this is the second grant the company’s Chief Scientists have been awarded in the past month, which proves outside parties’ trust in their patented technologies and research initiatives. Just 2 weeks ago, Texas A&M professors Dr. M. Karen Newell Rogers and Dr. Brett Mitchell were awarded $140,000 by the American Heart Association for their study on the implementation of the company’s Targeted Peptide Technology in cases involving preeclampsia.
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