zuChem has entered in to a number of strategic partnerships and collaborations, which are key to its continued growth and success.
In mid-2019 zuChem Inc. established a spin-off company to further develop and commercialize its rare sugar and oligosaccharide technology platform produced under its zuCarb™ product line worldwide. For more information on products and services offered by the Midwest Bioprocessing Center, including the zuCarb™ product line, visit www.mwbioprocessing.com .
zuChem has received a research grant from the Biotechnology Research and Development Organization (BRDC) in Peoria, Illinois. The grant provides zuChem with research funding to commercialize a fermentation approach to manufacture xylitol. The BRDC also provides additional funding for the USDA National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR Ag-Lab) to support a scientific collaboration with zuChem on the xylitol project. Under the agreement, zuChem holds exclusive commercialization rights to technology developed as a result of the program.
BRDC is a research management corporation that is owned by its corporate sponsors, each of whom has a stock equity position in the consortium. These equity partners include Agricultural Research and Development Corporation, Sygen International PLC, BASF Corporation, Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc., Maxygen, Inc., Monsanto Company, Wyeth, Cargill Dow LLC, The Dow Chemical Company, Mallinckrodt Inc.
zuChem first entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the USDA National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (the NCAUR Ag-Lab) to commercialize a novel manufacturing process for a sugar polyol used by the food industry as an alternative sweetener, D-mannitol. Over the years zuChem has extended its relationship with the USDA to develop manufacturing methods for other important food ingredients and chemicals, most notable xylitol.
The NCAUR Ag-Lab is the largest of four USDA federal utilization centers and a world-class bioscience research facility. Its mission is to find new uses and markets for U.S. agricultural commodities. It has been an innovator in the evolving technology transfer process since Congress authorized its creation in 1938 to find new uses for agricultural products. Beginning with the method for the mass production of penicillin, the NCAUR Ag-Lab has built a 60-year legacy of successful invention and commercialization. For more information, visit the NCAUR website .
zuChem entered into an agreement with Hydrios Biotechnology Ltd. of Helsinki, Finland for the acquisition of a portfolio of patents developed by Hydrios and the Laboratory of Bioprocess Engineering at Helsinki University of Technology. The agreement transfers to zuChem all rights to a worldwide patent portfolio of microbial fermentation methods of producing D-mannitol, a reduced calorie sweetener.
Hydrios Biotechnology is a Helsinki University of Technology spin-off, founded in November 2000. It focuses on the development of novel bioprocesses with an emphasis on microbial fermentation.