Qteros & UMass Amherst Get US Patent for Q Microbe
Mar 24, 2010 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Qteros Inc. and University of Massachusetts, Amherst announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued them a U.S. Patent titled "Systems and Methods for Producing Biofuels and Related Materials." The patent describes the creation of products, including biofuels, through the fermentation of biomass by a naturally-occurring anaerobic microorganism.
The patent is based on the Q Microbe (Clostridium phytofermentans) developed by UMass Amherst microbiologists Professor Susan Leschine and Research Associate Thomas Warnick. Qteros, the exclusive licensee of the patent, said that the Q Microbe technology reduces the cost of producing ethanol by streamlining the biomass-conversion process, commonly referred to as consolidated bio-processing (CBP).
RenewableEnergyWorld.com's Graham Jesmer caught up with Qteros CEO John McCarthy to talk about the Q-Microbe technology and the experience McCarthy has in the bioenergy insdusty and how he expects it to transfer to Qteros. Play the video below to hear more.