CHASSY, a 5.6M€ EU project aimed at changing the way we produce oils for food, nutraceuticals and cosmetics was launched on 1st December 2016.
The project consortium consists of 10-partners from European companies including 5 academic institutions and 4 companies from Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Germany and is coordinated by University College of Cork, Ireland.
The official kick-off for the project was held at Brussels, Belgium on 19-20 January 2017. The CHASSY partners will apply a mixture of advanced technologies to the biology to unlock the full potential of the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Yarrowia lipolytica and Kluyveromyces marxianus as cell factories for industrial production of high value compounds. By doing so the yeast cell metabolism creates valuable compounds instead of alcohol and carbon dioxide.
They will then speed up the production process so that these compounds are commercially viable. This joint project will result in safe, renewable sources for oils that will be used in cosmetics, and for nutritional health promotion products. The systems biology approach will integrate model-based design with construction and analysis of chassis strains to build platforms for synthesis of oleochemicals and aromatic metabolites. The application utilities of Chassis will be demonstrated by two SMEs and one MNC to produce three high value products.
This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the grant agreement No. 720824.
Source: nova-Institut GmbH, press release, 2016-12-04.