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DOE Awards Genomatica $2M to Apply In Silico Tech to Two Microorganisms

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 - The US Department of Energy has awarded Genomatica a pair of grants worth more than $2 million to help it develop next-generation in silico technology, Genomatica said on Thursday.


The grants, awarded through the DOE's Offices of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and Biological and Environmental Research of the Office of Science, will be doled out over the next three years.


Through the grants, Genomatica intends to use constraints-based modeling to develop integrated models of metabolism and metabolic regulation for two undisclosed microorganisms "of environmental relevance." It will build these models, as well as develop future technology, in collaborations with Penn State University, The University of Massachusetts, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


"The advanced constraints-based modeling technology used and further developed under these grants will play an important role in the company's program to develop its next-generation microbial models," Genomatica said in a statement.


"The research performed under these grants will lead to the use of current in silico models to solve pressing problems and allow us to develop second generation genome-scale cellular models," added Bernhard O. Palsson, chairman and acting CEO of Genomatica.