ProteoNic and Wageningen University and Research Centre, AFSG sign Research License and collaboration

Today ProteoNic and Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR), Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group announce their collaboration on the development and expression of enzymes in fungal host systems. ProteoNic has granted a Research License and will provide its expertise in construct design and protein expression optimization. Wageningen UR will apply ProteoNic’s UNic™ expression enhancement technology in projects in which industrial enzymes are expressed in fungal host systems.

Leo de Graaff, assistant professor at Fungal Genomics of the laboratory of Microbiology of Wageningen University commented: “This agreement allows us to use and implement UNic™ expression technology in our current and future research projects in filamentous fungi like Aspergillus niger and other fungi of industrial importance. In basic research it will help us to study the basic principles of protein production and secretion.”

“This Research License is another confirmation of the broad value of the UNic™ expression technology by an internationally renowned institute actively working on the development of market relevant solutions and products. We are very pleased to formalise this collaboration which will also establish our expertise in optimizing messenger RNA translation in fungal host systems. Wageningen UR’s knowledge will support and expand the validation and track record of our UNic™ expression technology applied for the production of industrial enzymes”, ProteoNic CEO Victor Schut commented: “ProteoNic always seeks partnerships in which both parties benefit by the combination of expertise. Here, UNic™ facilitates the development of novel enzymes at competitive costs, while we gain access to industry fermentation conditions. Together, Wageningen UR and ProteoNic can create significant value for the industrial enzyme market in the near term future.”

About Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR)
Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group (AFSG) is part of Wageningen UR and develops knowledge and transfers knowledge in the field of sustainable applications for safe food and non-food products. AFSG creates by combining of expertises, inspiring options and concrete solutions in close corporation with government and business & industry. Wageningen UR provides education and generates knowledge in the field of life sciences and natural resources. Wageningen UR is a collaboration between Wageningen University, Van Hall Larenstein School of Higher Professional Education and the specialized former research institutes (DLO) from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture. This combination of knowledge and experience enables Wageningen UR with its 5,600 staff and more than 8,500 students to contribute actively to solving scientific, social and commercial problems in the field of life sciences and natural resources. Wageningen UR approaches these national and international issues from the perspectives of various disciplines, with an integrated approach and in close collaboration with governments, companies, stakeholder organizations, citizens, and other knowledge institutions.