Athena Biotechnologies receives SBIR grant

By | July 08, 2008
Athena Biotechnologies Inc., a Newark, Del.-based biotechnology company focused on cultivating new bacteria, has won a $100,000 U.S. DOE Small Business Innovation Research grant. The award, issued in May, is being used to discover new microbes that can reduce the cost of ethanol production, targeting microbes that produce ethanol at high temperatures. If Phase One milestones are met for the SBIR grant, the company expects to apply for additional funding of up to $750,000 to continue fine-tuning microbes that will produce more ethanol, are tolerant to high levels of ethanol, degrade five-carbon sugars and digest cellulose.