To generate novel scientific insights that will stimulate the evolution towards a sustainable development in agriculture, Ghent University and Bayer join forces in the form of an endowed chair.

March 10, 2016 - Het Pand, Gent

prof. dr. ir. De Mey Marjan

The development of economically viable bioprocesses for the sustainable production of new molecules promoting innovative pharmaceutical, cosmetic, feed and agricultural applications.

Chito-oligosaccharides (COS) are molecules with numerous applications in the pharmaceutical, agricultural and cosmetics industries. Today, these molecules are obtained from chitin, which is extracted from the exoskeleton of crustaceans. This requires a number of environmentally unfriendly processes, which, moreover, leads to mixtures of COS. However for numerous applications pure well defined COS are required. We are optimization the biotechnological production of defined COS by improving for example solubility, bioavailability, and biocompatibility. In addition, through microbial production it is possible to produce novel COS with improved or novel functionalities.

Development of economically viable bioprocess for the sustainable microbial production of (novel) pure well-defined chito-oligomers promoting further exploitation of these molecules which have pharmaceutical & cosmetic, feed and agricultural applications.