Rubber Biosynthesis: Nanolipoprotein particle platform for â€œex vivoâ€ rubber production
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA, United States
LLNL has developed and tested plant-free production of natural rubber polymer using NLP-stabilized rubber transferase, the enzyme used by plants for rubber production. Nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) are nanometer-sized, discoidal particles that self-assemble from purified apolipoprotein and phospholipid. When rubber transferase embeds in the NLP plant-free biosynthetic rubber is produced.
Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 2
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: The development of biosynthetic rubber production, essentially plant-free, has been accomplished. The primary commercial benefit will be a supply of domestically produced raw material that will lessen dependency on imported material. The overall advantage is natural rubber (NR) could become a domestically produced raw material, possibly becoming a commodity.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 629
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
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Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners