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m2p-labs Again Supports iGEM Project in Synthetic Biology


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This year, a team of the RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule) participated in the international iGEM competition (International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition) for the second time. The iGEM Team Aachen took part with the objective to implement methanol in biotechnological processes to uncouple them from agricultural products.

For this, the interdisciplinary team composed of 19 members established a new metabolic pathway that converts methanol into glycogen, the universally usable carbon and energy source. Furthermore, they created a miniature bioreactor with continuous analysis that is characterized by high cost efficiency and feasibility.

The team for participation in the iGEM competition was composed of students from the fields of natural sciences and engineering sciences at the RWTH Aachen University. The mentors Prof. Blank, Prof. Schwaneberg and Prof. Wiechert, who further advance progress in the field of synthetic biology, completed the team.

Moreover, the project was also supported by several partners –associations, institutes and companies such as m2p-labs – so that the whole team was able to present their results and their project in the field of Manufacturing to the independent jury at the end of September.

The work performed in addition to the studies bore fruit – the team did not only achieve gold standard, but also won first prize in their category and correspondingly provided the “Best Manufacturing Project”. In addition, they were nominated for best software tool. m2p-labs congratulated the iGEM Team Aachen on this huge success.

iGEM is the leading competition of the field of synthetic biology; here, international teams composed of students use standardized biological components to create new biological systems. This year’s Giant Jamboree, the grand finale of the competition initiated by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), was held in Boston, MA, from September 24 – 28.

Here, in addition to more than 250 other international research teams providing various projects in the field of synthetic biology, the iGEM Team Aachen successfully presented their results.

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