bioMASON and BTEC partner to grow bricks
Published January 6, 2014
bioMASON, Inc. (bioMASON) and the Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University will collaborate to advance bioMASON’s novel biocementation technology. BTEC will conduct process development studies under a sponsored project agreement and bioMASON will utilize laboratory space in the BTEC Annex at the Keystone Science Center on Centennial Campus.
bioMASON is a unique biotechnology company founded in 2012 by architect Ginger Krieg Dosier. The company’s proprietary process uses bacteria to ‘grow’ bricks out of readily available materials such as sand. The bricks compare favorably with traditional fired clay ones, whose manufacturing releases copious greenhouse gas emissions. The company commenced laboratory operations in North Carolina in 2013 and has since won numerous awards and grants, including first prize at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge in Amsterdam, the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, and a SBIR Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation.
BTEC is a unique, cross-disciplinary instructional center that provides educational and training opportunities to develop skilled professionals for the biomanufacturing industry and create the best-trained, most industry-focused workforce possible. It also offers access to its facilities, equipment, and the expertise of its faculty and staff to solve the toughest scientific problems. For the bioMASON project, BTEC will develop low-cost fermentation and recovery processes.
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