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Glowing Bacteria Light the Way Towards a New Company

Jülich, 17 September 2014 – In April, the Jülich researchers Dr. Stephan Binder and Dr. Georg Schaumann from the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Biotechnology (IBG-1) were one of seven winning teams to receive an award from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the GO-Bio funding competition for the foundation of new biotechnology companies. They developed a system for a targeted search for highly productive microorganisms that they are now planning to bring to market maturity. The BMBF is providing about € 2.5 million for Binder and Schaumann to implement this project and for their spin-off company SenseUp Biotechnology, which is planned for 2017. Thomas Rachel MdB, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research (BMBF), personally presented the grant notification from the ministry today.

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