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Leaf and Dutch DNA enter in R&D collaboration for itaconic acid production


Leaf and Dutch DNA, a spin-out of TNO, are glad to announce they have entered into a R&D collaboration for the development of a new fungal host for the production of itaconic acid. The ambition of the partnership is to reduce the production cost of itaconic acid and enable its broader use as a renewable building block chemical.

Today, itaconic acid has a small current market with limited industrial applications. The objective of the R&D collaboration partnership between Leaf and Dutch DNA is to create an engineered fungal host with superior performance, which could utilize both simple and cellulosic sugars. With this higher performing host, the two partners’ ambition to significantly reduce the production cost of itaconic acid enabling new applications for its use by the industry as a renewable building-block chemical.


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