Shimadzu Review Vol.79[1・2](2022)
Green Innovation


Collaboration between Shimadzu Corporation and Bacchus Bio innovation Co., Ltd.
- Towards Decarbonized Society through Microbial Production -

by Nobuhiko Kondo1,2Kazuki Kaneshiro2, 3Shogo Harumoto2Musashi Takenaka, Ph.D.2Masao Mochizuki, Ph.D.2Tomohisa Hasunuma, Ph.D.4, 5, 6Akihiko Kondo, Ph.D.2, 5, 6

Shimadzu Review 79[1・2] (2022)


Recent developments in biotechnology and digital technology have led to fresh innovations in microbial production. By producing materials from sugars, fats, and other natural resources at ordinary temperatures and pressures, microbial production has the potential to help eliminate reliance on crude oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate economic development through biotechnology. As part of a commitment to microbial production, since 2016, Shimadzu Corporation and Kobe University have participated in a project sponsored by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and worked on developing dedicated systems for microbial production. In March 2020, the bio-venture company Bacchus Bio innovation Co., Ltd. was established by integrating key technologies for microbial production developed from the NEDO project at Kobe University. In January 2021, Shimadzu Corporation and Bacchus Bio innovation concluded a business alliance and embarked on the development of systems to evaluate microbial production. This article describes the circumstances behind the establishment of Bacchus Bio innovation, the significance of the collaboration with Shimadzu Corporation, and future prospects for achieving a decarbonized society through microbial production.

1Cell Business Development Section, Life Science Business Department, Analytical & Measuring Instruments Division, Shimadzu Corporation, Kyoto, Japan
2Bacchus Bio innovation Co., Ltd., Hyogo, Japan
3RHOTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Osaka, Japan
4Engineering Biology Research Center, Kobe University, Japan.
5Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation, Kobe University, Japan.
6Center for Sustainable Resource Science, RIKEN, Kanagawa, Japan

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