Algae based solar factories are being designed for large-scale high value recombinant protein production. The optimisation of solar factory design for recombinant protein production requires coordinated biological research, bioprocess engineering and pilot scale trials.

Objective/mission (The vision): To conduct pilot scale trials to optimise commercial scale processes for the production of algae based recombinant proteins.

Research approach (The initiative): Model guided design will be used to identify bioprocess bottlenecks for specific protein targets. Experimental data from pilot scale algae cultivation will then feed back into the techno-economic and life cycle analysis to deliver efficiency improvements that then guide further and precise process optimisation.

Impacts and applications: Optimising recombinant protein production processes support triple bottom line systems optimization to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

Project members

Key contacts

Professor Ben Hankamer

Director, IMB Centre for Solar Biotechnology
Professorial Research Fellow - GL
Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Dr Melanie Oey

Research Fellow
Institute for Molecular Bioscience