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Faculty of Bioscience Engineering - Ghent University
The Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Biocatalysis (Limab)  
The Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology and Biocatalysis, Ghent University (Prof. Erick Vandamme & Prof. Wim Soetaert) belongs to the Department of Biochemical and Microbial Technology; Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. The laboratory has been active for over 30 years in the field of industrial biotechnology (white biotechnology) and biocatalysis.
Industrial microbiology uses microorganisms or their enzymes to synthesize useful products, such as bulk and fine chemicals, food ingredients, pharmaceutical ingredients, bio fuels, bio plastics, etc. The laboratory has gained a wide experience in fermentation science, biocatalysis, enzyme technology, metabolic engineering, directed evolution of enzymes, down-stream bioprocessing and analytical back-up. The laboratory is internationally recognized and has a substantial impact on the field.

The laboratory holds a staff of over 30 people and is well equipped, with over 20 fermenters, ranging from 1 litre laboratory scale to 150-litre pilot scale fermenters, all equipped with state-of-the-art process control and data acquisition software. The laboratory is also equipped with various analytical instruments such as GC, HPLC, etc, including an LC/MS-MS for the determination of intracellular metabolites. The laboratory also has the standard molecular biology equipment, as well as high-throughput screening equipment such as a colony picker and liquid handling robot.

The laboratory has built a solid reputation in the field of Industrial Biotechnology, and has produced a multitude of publications, PhD-theses, patents and industrial applications. It also has a tradition of collaboration with industrial partners from Flanders and abroad, through joint Research & Development projects.
We invite you to discuss with us your ideas, projects and problems on a confidential basis and are sure that we can be of service to you.

More information can be found at the laboratory website

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