Sustainable, Carbon-Negative Materials with Visolis

Improving production of bio-based isoprene with Ginkgo strain optimization services

Today we are pleased to announce our partnership with Visolis, a company combining advanced bioengineering with chemical catalysis to provide sustainable, carbon-negative materials.

With this partnership, we aim to use our extensive capabilities in strain engineering to improve upon one of Visolis’ existing microbial strains. This strain produces a key feedstock ingredient used to make bio-based isoprene and sustainable aviation fuels.

Isoprene is a key monomer used for commercial scale synthetic rubber production. Achieving the production of bio-based isoprene at scale represents a significant step toward decarbonizing tire manufacturing. Isoprene can also be used as an intermediate for high performance, lower carbon intensity sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production. Visolis’ production efforts are geared towards providing molecules with higher energy density, lower viscosity and better compatibility with engines than traditional SAF processes. Visolis’ SAF has the potential to work synergistically with these other processes to enable aviation through a 100% sustainable fuel. Through our partnership, we are working together to further optimize the efficiency of this biomanufacturing process.

“We are incredibly proud of our platform that is producing carbon-negative materials and fuels,” said Deepak Dugar, founder and CEO at Visolis. “As we strive to continue improving our technology towards commercial readiness, partnering with Ginkgo to accelerate our progress just makes sense. With their large codebase of strains and pathway expertise, which can shorten strain engineering cycles, as well as their scalable foundry capabilities, we believe we can work towards bringing our process to the next level.”

Visolis has demonstrated early success in scaling production of isoprene because of their ingenuity in combining bioengineering and chemical processing. We’re thrilled to collaborate with Visolis to optimize this innovative and sustainable process with the power of synthetic biology. This is exactly the kind of positive change that bioengineering can bring to industry.

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