Last chance to see Wilton Centre's TeeGene at mima
TeeGene's mima exhibit has proved popular with visitors
TeeGene’s Biotech R&D works (Biosurfactants and consumer products) are currently being exhibited at one of the UK’s leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft.
The company's work features as part of the ‘Teesside World Exposition of Arts and Technology’ exhibition which runs at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) until October 9.
Focusing on the future technologies for regional development in response to the end of the steelworks, the exhibition has been well received by the local public and tourists.
Dr Pattanathu Rahman, Founding Director of TeeGene said: "The exhibition gave us an opportunity to explain to the local public how biotech products are developed to reflect customer needs and to raise awareness about sustainability and technical challenges.
"Some of the schoolchildren who have visited were intrigued to view bacterial cells under microscopes and said they would like to become scientists in the future to follow our lead in exploring the distribution of novel bacteria in nature."
TeeGene has also been working with computing experts to develop a model to predict the most efficient way to engineer microorganisms to produce industrially-relevant products, with a focus on biosurfactants, currently needed for industrial applications ranging from cosmetics to bioremediation.
As part of the project TeeGene secured an innovation grant from BBSRC CBMNet to build condition-specific models to exploit an eco-friendly bacterium to produce high-value biosurfactants.
Dr Pattanathu Rahman added: "The work proposed here will pump-prime TeeGene’s business model – to supply biosurfactants for large industries including detergent, cosmetics and biopharmaceutical sectors and fits well with our ongoing biotech projects.”