NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Integrated Genomics has licensed its ERGO genomic-analysis software to TMO Renewables, a UK-based biofuels developer, the companies said today.
TMO plans to use the software for gene annotation, metabolic reconstruction, enzyme data mining, and comparative genomics projects that could help develop microbial methods for the production of cellulosic ethanol.
Steve Martin, TMO's associate director of R&D, said the company thinks it has developed organisms that can produce bioethanol "quickly and efficiently from a wide diversity of sustainable cellulosic feedstocks."
Martin said the ERGO software will help the company further develop these thermophilic microbe strains "to develop the next generation of green biofuels."
IG said the ERGO platform holds over 1,180 genomes "at various stages of completion," along with a collection of networked cellular pathways.