DMC Biotechnologies, Inc. Awarded Competitive Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture

DMC Biotechnologies, Inc. (, an early-stage biotechnology company,has been awardeda U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)Phase Igrantfor $100,000 to commercialize their proprietary high throughput metabolic engineering platform that enables the rapid development of microbial hosts for the production of a broad diversity of bio-based products.

The USDA SBIR program is a highly competitive program which seeks to transform early-stage scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations.

Biology is fundamentally a manufacturing language with massive potential to positively impact our world. Increased deployment of bio-based products can reduce our dependence on foreign oil, improve the nutrition of the foods that we eat, provide domestic manufacturing of existing products, and enable new-to-the world materials that are only accessible using the precision of biology. DMC makes bio-based products using enhanced microbial fermentation. We are building a capital-efficient, multi-product company using our patent-pending technology that overcomes key barriers that have historically impeded efforts in this sector.

“For small agricultural businesses, the federal government is a key, initial investor to help them get great ideas into the marketplace,” said NIFA Director, Sonny Ramaswamy. “The feasibility and scalability of these business concepts are evaluated through our peer review process, and businesses get to keep their intellectual property rights as they commercialize their ventures.”

“The vision for DMC is to develop bio-based processes that are superior in cost and quality to existing manufacturing routes. We are pleased to be recognized with this highly competitive award from the USDA and are grateful for their support of our mission.This SBIR grant plays a vital role in advancing our technology along the commercial path,” said Matt Lipscomb, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder of DMC.

The Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) is coordinated by the Small Business Administration and administered by 11 federal agencies, including USDA. It encourages domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development with high potential for commercialization and that could lead to significant public benefit. Phase I grants invest in feasibility and proof of concept studies. Phase II grants help successful Phase I projects scale up, implement, and commercialize their ventures. Topic areas include forests and related resources; plant production and protection – biology; animal production and protection; air, water, and soils; food science and nutrition; rural and community development; aquaculture; biofuels and biobased products; small and mid-size farms; and plant production and protection – engineering.

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