Cell-Free Bioinnovations, Inc. (CFB) uses proprietary networks of enzymes (not microbes) to make food/feed ingredients and energy products from low-cost, renewable, commodity feedstocks.
CFB is developing the following initial suite of products:
(1) For health and nutrition of humans and animals: inositol from starch and arabinose from xylose, both with low-cost processes that will be price disruptive to their respective markets.
(2) Bio-batteries that use low-cost sugars to generate electric current. The bio-batteries (a) have an order of magnitude higher energy storage density than lithium-ion batteries due to complete oxidation of the sugars (24 electrons per glucose molecule); (b) will be quickly refillable (for instant “recharging”), (c) are safe (no explosion or flammability risk; no chemical or heat signature during use), and (d) use biodegradable materials without any heavy or rare earth metals.
(3) Bio-hydrogen from low-cost sugars instead of natural gas, enabling on-site, distributed production of renewable hydrogen at a wide range of scales. There will be significant cost savings compared to distributed production of hydrogen from natural gas, or hydrogen from other sources such as high-temperature biomass gasification or water electrolysis. Our hydrogen production technology is described in an April 2015 paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
CFB’s science team and lab facilities are in Blacksburg, VA.