CysBio, A Denmark-based Startup, is creating a new fermentation technology for production of valuable chemicals that were, previously, extremely expensive and difficult to prepare. Found during the beginning of this year, CysBio is receiving its first ever funding of approximately €5.5M. This investment, basically a seed investment, is coming from a ‘Zhejiang NHU’- a leading Chinese developer of bulk pharmaceutical chemicals. The Chinese company has also established a strategic partnership for commercialization of some unique compounds that will be prepared by CysBio.
CysBio specializes in the process of ‘sulphation’, which is a chemical modification process of altering properties of a particular compound. “Sulphation of the phenol compounds is a process that occurs in the human liver. It is a certain way of making the unwanted products soluble so that you will be able to get rid of them easily”, says Hendrik Meyer, CEO. By using bacteria that are genetically engineered, the company will be capable of producing sulphated compounds, which are quite challenging to produce using traditional methods, such as compound extraction from nature and chemical engineering. Moreover, bacterial fermentation also offers a much more sustainable alternative for the process of chemical production.
The origin of the technology was at the Technical University of Denmark, which has a significant stake in CysBio. In addition to this, CysBio is also working on another application i.e. the creation of chemical compounds with new properties. One of these chemicals is called zosteric acid, which is produced naturally by using seagrass.
The CEO quotes that the sulphation technology, in the long run, would open up new possibilities. These new possibilities could include the efficiency enhancement of drugs and production of new polymer materials by modifying the base compounds. “Polymers currently don’t have up-to-the-mark electrical conductivity. With this exclusive technology, it would be possible to synthesize polymers with good conductivity or are adhesive in nature. In addition, this technology would also help in synthesizing polymers with varying flexibility”, adds Meyer. Via this strategic partnership with Zhejiang NHU, the company would extensively focus on optimization of bacterial stains for production of these chemicals.