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Press Release

NEDO Begins Development of Biotechnology to Produce Industrial Materials with Plants and Microorganisms

-Making Full Use of Japanese Genome Editing Technology to Realize a "Smart Cell Industry"-
July  1,2016
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

NEDO will begin developing innovative biotechnologies for production of industrial materials including reagents, perfumes, cosmetics, and plastics from plants and microorganisms, by making full use of the Japanese original genome editing technology independent of foreign technologies, as well as the latest IT and AI technologies.

The project will create "smart cells" by maximizing the material production potential capabilities of plant and microorganism cells to create useful materials that are difficult to synthesize through conventional processes and develop a low-cost and energy-saving manufacturing process. Over a period of five years and with a budget of 8.6 billion yen, NEDO aims to build a "smart cell industry", a next-generation industry through the use of smart cells, in collaboration with an "all-Japan" consortium of 40 industrial and academic institutions.

For more information, please contact:

NEDO Materials Technology and Nanotechnology Department
Contact Persons: Goto, Kawabe, Otake, Umeda
Tel: +81-44-520-5220­