We are hiring a Biotechnology Engineer!
Due to increased market interest in our technology, and a successful capitalization, we are now expanding the team with a Biotechnology Engineer.
Bioextrax scales production and recruits new talent
Materials Business Center matches the material needs of the industry and public sector with innovative solutions from regional startups and researchers. Today, the project is working with 30 materials related cases close to market in, for example, energy, water, environment or health. One of the startups is Bioextrax, a company that produces the environmental-friendly bioplastic PHA.
Awarded best B2B collaborator by Ignite Sweden
At the yearly award-ceremony at the Birger Jarl Conference Center in Stockholm, Bioextrax was selected as the best business-to-business collaborator amongst the SMEs. The motivation was “With strong engagement and top notch technical solutions, Bioextrax has proven it is possible to partner up with corporates, despite difference in size, finances and culture. Through their participation in Ignite Sweden, they have enter into new partnerships; a key factor in keeping both start-ups and corporates in the international forefront.”
Moving to a new facility
As we are upscaling our technology, we also realized that we had grown out of our lab at the Chemical Centre at Lund University. Starting December 2018, will be moving to Ideon Science Park where we will be building a pilot scale facility. Ideon is a vibrant business ecosystem for R&D based companies, and our move is a natural step in our journey from university spin-off to an established company.
Our new address is Delta 6 at the Ideon Science Park – Sölvegatan 43, 223 70, Lund, Sweden.
Vinnova (BioInnovation) grant for turning feathers into textiles
Together with speciality chemicals company Perstorp, clothing company Tretorn and the University of Borås, Bioextrax was awarded a project to turn produce Biobased and biodegradable textiles from bioplastics and feathers.
Feather based fibres have a number of properties that makes them a promising alternative to current textile fibres. They are strong, have low density, and possess good resilient properties (including high thermo-stability). Further, they are biodegradable and does not cause any environmental pollution. However, feather fibres do not have the lengths required to be processable on textile machines and are therefore not suitable for making spun yarns and woven fabrics in their pure form or as blends with other natural and synthetic fibres. Instead, they should be composed with a biobased and biodegradable material.
The project aims at providing the textile industry with sustainable, biobased and biodegradable materials, using readily and widely available by-products as raw materials. This work will help the textile industry to respond to customers’ demands by increasing its sustainability, while minimizing the waste from the poultry and agricultural industries.
Patent filed for turning feather into fibers
Bioextrax has just submitted a patent application for the process of producing fibers from feather.
The micro fibres are first-of-its-kind and can only be produced with the Bioextrax bioabased method. Their small size (30-200 microns) means a lot of surface area. The fibres further have a hollow-cylindric structure (meaning low density and good insulation properties). The material has high thermo-stability, is water insoluble, biobased and biodegradable.
Bioextrax is in the process of exploring application to this new material - please get in touch if you have any ideas!
Former Nestle USA executive joining the Bioextrax board
Daniel Koch is a former Nestle USA executive with 20 years of demonstrated success in business development, change management and financial risk management. He will bring demonstrated success in business development, change management and financial risk management.
Vinnova Innovative start-ups
Bioextrax was awarded the prestigious Innovative Start-ups grant from Vinnova – the Swedish Innovation Agency. Through the project we will move our PHAs production process from the lab to the pilot scale. The work will primarily focus on turning crude glycerol into PHAs.
Feathers – the future of animal feed?
Locally produced feather waste could well be used to replace ingredients such as fishmeal and soy protein in animal feed, which is what Hall and Lindberg are trying to do in the Feather2Feed project.
Researchers aim to turn bird feathers into food
Biotechnologists have identified and refined a micro-organism that can convert bird feathers and other forms of organic waste into food products and cosmetics, as Jim Drury reports.
Lund team turns chicken feathers into food
Biotechnology professor Rajni Hatti-Kaul and researcher Mohammad Ibrahim were seeking ways to use waste products in new ways. They identified a strain of bacteria from a chicken farm in Egypt (belonging to Ibrahim’s parents) which can break down the feathers into a soup of small-chain peptides and amino acids in a hydrolysis process.