SECRETed: Sustainable Exploitation of bio-based Compounds Revealed and Engineered from naTural sources

Project title: SECRETed

Partners: Orientation Optimization to the Sustainability SL, Pharma Mar, SA, Accuplex Diagnostics Ltd, Anton Dohrn Zoological Station, Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, Vertech Group, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant VZW, London, Sphera Imculation, SRL University of Seville, Lund University, Axia Innovation UG, Sylentis

Research Fund: EU-H2020

Initial year: 2021


Guðmundur Óli Hreggviðsson

Strategic Scientist

Biomaterials from marine microbes can be used in a variety of ways, including as medicines and health products. The project SECRETed (Sustainable Exploitation of bio-based Compounds Revealed and Engineered from natural sources) is a European project that involves the screening of marine microorganisms for such substances and the production of the substances in special cell factories.

Matís will screen microbial strains and metagenomic microbial communities of the marine around Iceland as well as coastal hot springs and develop special primary factories of thermophilic microorganisms for the production of selected substances.

SECRETed is an EU-H2020 multidisciplinary project involving multiple stakeholders and with a strong participation of SMEs to fully exploit the potential of aquatic biotechnology and produce novel industrial products for the agrochemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and chemistry sectors. SECRETed will develop novel hybrid molecules with tailor-made properties obtained from the combination of biosynthetic genes of amphiphilic compounds (biosurfactants and siderophores) produced by marine and extremophilic microorganisms.

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