LanzaTech sees digitalised biological design as the way forward


LanzaTech opts for TeselaGen’s cloud-based platform to extend its biological design platform. The company says that including artificial intelligence capabilities will speed up the design process.

mOn Jan 23, San Francisco’s TeselaGen Biotechnology Inc. and New Zealand-based LanzaTech announced that LanzaTech will license TeselaGen’s proprietary cloud-based informatics solution and will collaborate closely with TeselaGen, with a view to accelerating “our discovery efforts for sustainable chemicals production”, according to Michael Koepke PhD, Director of Synthetic Biology, LanzaTech.

“Automated biological design is an essential foundation for our carbon recycling technology and TeselaGen has a reliable platform for modern industrial DNA design and cloning,” he said. “This collaboration will emphasize not only our current capabilities but will advance analytic approaches dictated by our datasets, moving us closer to a carbon smart future.”

LanzaTech has developed technology to capture and recycle a broad spectrum of gases for fuel and chemical production. Proprietary microbes combined with innovative approaches in bioreactor design and process development have enabled rapid scale up to take place.

The TeselaGen private-cloud platform will enable scientists at LanzaTech to advance their research into finding new ways to reliably modify microbes that produce low carbon fuels and chemicals from waste emissions, including those from heavy industry or from gasified municipal solid waste or agricultural residues.

Michael Fero PhD, Chief Executive Officer, TeselaGen, said, “TeselaGen is building a platform that utilizes advanced analytics to automate and optimize protocol generation and information flow for biomanufacturing. Biotechnology is essentially an information technology; improving the flow, handling and interpretation of information is a tremendous accelerant for biotech product development.”

“Bio-based product development at a fraction of the traditional cost is the goal,” he added. “LanzaTech is doing great work to build better “carbon smart” industrial processes and products and we are very happy to be a part of accelerating that effort.”