UTS Deep Green Biotech Hub


The New South Wales Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH) located at the University of Technology Sydney, will bring together researchers, SMEs, industry, start-ups, students and other stakeholders to bring NSW to the forefront of algae-based biotechnology innovation in Australia.
WHY?
If we continue to live on the Earth using resources the way we current do by 2050, when the global population reaches nine billion, humanity will require the resources of three Earths to maintain. Algae biotechnologies are a sustainable alternative that efficiently converts abundant sunlight and CO2 into mass raw materials suitable for agriculture or energy production or can be used in a controlled environment to manufacture complex chemicals, pharmaceuticals and peptides.
The DGBH provides programs to support entrepreneurs to launch new businesses, existing companies to adopt algae biotechnologies and enables students to learn about how these biotechnologies can transform industries. In all of these cases expertise on business model development is matched with rigorous scientific research to ensure partners have a robust research plan and strategy to adopt these innovations.
HOW?
WHAT?

To support the development of new companies and technologies participants will have access to a range of specialised infrastructure and expertise:

  • Open access to algae-based biotechnology expertise
  • Quicker identification of commercial opportunities for the algae-based biotechnology sector.
  • Interdisciplinary problem solving for manufacturing roadblocks.
  • Access to established facilities and infrastructure, for qualified prospects, to accelerate research and development.
  • Pilot manufacturing facilities to produce validation samples of products, including GMP facility for pharmaceuticals, analytical equipment and tools and raceways and photo-bioreactors for aquaculture feedstock development.

WHY?

If we continue to live on the Earth using resources the way we current do by 2050, when the global population reaches nine billion, humanity will require the resources of three Earths to maintain. Algae biotechnologies are a sustainable alternative that efficiently converts abundant sunlight and CO2 into mass raw materials suitable for agriculture or energy production or can be used in a controlled environment to manufacture complex chemicals, pharmaceuticals and peptides.

HOW?

The DGBH provides programs to support entrepreneurs to launch new businesses, existing companies to adopt algae biotechnologies and enables students to learn about how these biotechnologies can transform industries. In all of these cases expertise on business model development is matched with rigorous scientific research to ensure partners have a robust research plan and strategy to adopt these innovations.

WHAT?

To support the development of new companies and technologies participants will have access to a range of specialised infrastructure and expertise:

  • Open access to algae-based biotechnology expertise
  • Quicker identification of commercial opportunities for the algae-based biotechnology sector.
  • Interdisciplinary problem solving for manufacturing roadblocks.
  • Access to established facilities and infrastructure, for qualified prospects, to accelerate research and development.
  • Pilot manufacturing facilities to produce validation samples of products, including GMP facility for pharmaceuticals, analytical equipment and tools and raceways and photo-bioreactors for aquaculture feedstock development.

Programs

The Deep Green Biotech Hub offers programs to support industry and entrepreneurs in developing new biotechnology-based businesses. Get in touch to learn how we can work with existing businesses, entrepreneurs and students to create new, sustainable biotech products, services and businesses.

Find out more about our Programs
Entrepreneurs

For Entrepreneurs the Deep Green Biotech Hub offers a facilitated program to support you to develop and test a business model. By the end of the program you will have a customer validated business model with critical scientific evaluation associated research plan ready to pitch to investors. Once your business is funded your links to the hub and it’s resources will enable you to enact this research plan and develop your business.

Successful applicants will include in the UTS Hatchery+ program, a three-month intensive entrepreneurship and mentoring program. Following this they will work with the hub to validate critical scientific hypotheses and develop a detailed research plan. Together with their business model developed whilst working with the Hatchery+ participants will then have the chance to present to investors and mentors at the Deep Green Biotech Hub Showcase.

Students

For students the Deep Green Biotech Hub offers students from all disciplines a chance to observe the cutting edge of what is possible with emerging biotechnologies. Whether you are from science, fashion, business or health there are opportunities to learn and apply this knowledge to your field. Whether you are from UTS or another university contact us to learn more.

Current student opportunities are in the following degrees:

  • UTS Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (second year Summer School)
  • UTS Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (Internships and Fourth year)
Established firms

Existing businesses can benefit from working with the Deep Green Biotech Hub’s tailored services, whether you are a small business looking at a business model transformation or a large business looking to launch a new product the Hub is here to support you with high quality science. We will work with you to understand your existing business model, develop prototypes for new products, test and refine these, ultimately working with you to develop a detailed research plan to develop these new products or services.

Note: for all of the above engagement mechanisms an organisation may be eligible for a R&D Tax Incentive (opens an external site), which may result in up to 45% of the eligible research expenditure being recovered from the Australian Taxation Office. for all of the above engagement mechanisms an organisation may be eligible for a R&D Tax Incentive (opens an external site), which may result in up to 45% of the eligible research expenditure being recovered from the Australian Taxation Office.

July 2017: A spectacular mid-year Algae Showcase

Algae smoothies. Ideas. Networking. This and more marked our recent event. Please see the UTS newsroom and the Facebook post about the event by The Hon John Barilaro MP.

Masterclass on Intellectual Property with Dr. Michael Christie on 9th October 2017

An afternoon with Deep Green Biotech Hub: Masterclass with Dr. Michael Christie, Patent Attorney at K&L Gates. Learn how to navigate the minefield of biotech IP, and find out how to identify and protect your own IP. Stay for canapes and drinks after the masterclass. Register here.

February 2018
GMP Facility Launch – UTS

A special event launching a leading advanced manufacturing training and prototyping facility at UTS. This facility will enable organisations across NSW to demonstrate manufacturability of complex algae-based products.
Get in touch to learn more about the event.

What can you do with algae?

Application: Omega 3 production
Why algae? Several strains of algae are known to express abundant omega 3 fatty acids this can be separated for use in aquaculture.

Application: Edible vaccines
Why algae? Algae, as a vaccine production system, have both safely edible strains as well as able to being a demonstrated peptide expression system. These two properties enable algae can provide an edible peptide expression system, not requiring any purification process.

Application: Peptide expression system
Why algae? As high-level organisms algae have the ability to express complex peptides that would not be able to be expressed in other biological expression systems.

News

Algae Flour Approved by FDA

TerraVia (formerly Solazyme) recently announced FDA approval for several new algae-based food ingredients for the North American market. These include two types of flour substitutes: high protein whole algae and lipid rich whole algae powder.
Read more about these products here.

Start-up competition opportunity

Opportunity for start-ups in seed/preseed stage to pitch their software-based idea and win a trip to Jerusalem. More here.

STEAMpunk Girls

The Deep Green Biotech Hub is proud to have contributed to the STEAMpunk Girls Program led by the UTS: Hatchery. Talks about algae have never been more exciting: a room full of curious minds, atmosphere gravitating around Future Earth and the vibe of young women aspiring for ideas, big and bold. Can’t wait to see how transformative this experience has been for the STEAMpunk Girls in a few months time. Read the full story here.

Startup Pitch Night

Heads up, entrepreneurs! Startup Pitch Night is coming on the 19th October with Pozible and SPARK Festival and hosted by Sydney School of Entrepreneurship. Register here.

What can you do with algae?

Application: Omega 3 production
Why algae? Several strains of algae are known to express abundant omega 3 fatty acids this can be separated for use in aquaculture.

Application: Edible vaccines
Why algae? Algae, as a vaccine production system, have both safely edible strains as well as able to being a demonstrated peptide expression system. These two properties enable algae can provide an edible peptide expression system, not requiring any purification process.

Application: Peptide expression system
Why algae? As high-level organisms algae have the ability to express complex peptides that would not be able to be expressed in other biological expression systems.


Advisors

Sandy Beard – Investment Advisor, CVC Limited


John Grew – Commercialisation Advisor, BioAdvisory Group


Malcolm Thompson – Food industry Advisor, Greens Foods


Michael Christie – Intellectual Property Advisor, K&L Gates


Michael van Niekerk – Investment Advisor, Peakview Strategy

For enquiries please contact

c3admin@uts.edu.au