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BRAIN Joins JHU Montgomery County Campus

BRAIN logo.jpgB.R.A.I.N. LLC, a biotechnology research company focused on industrial or “white” biotechnology, is the newest tenant at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

B.R.A.I.N., which stands for Biotechnology Research and Information Network, is a subsidiary of a German bio-economy company of the same name. The company’s goal is to use untapped high-efficiency enzymes, microbial producer organisms and natural substances from complex biological systems for industrial uses, such as in the chemical, cosmetics and food industries. B.R.A.I.N. collaborates with industry partners and develops and commercializes its own products.

For example, research teams work on projects that use microorganisms to convert carbon dioxide waste into chemical intermediates that can then be used to make bioplastics. This process avoids releasing the carbon dioxide waste into the environment, said Ute Splittgerber, senior manager for business development.

B.R.A.I.N. also is involved with a concept known as urban mining and green mining – using microorganisms to extract and recover precious metals from ores and waste streams.

Technology developed by the company can help make industrial processes more environmentally friendly, more efficient and less expensive.

B.R.A.I.N. LLC will work closely with AnalytiCon Discovery – another JHU campus tenant and subsidiary of the German-based company -- on new and natural ingredients for the food industry, such as natural salt-enhancing compounds. Those compounds can be used to reduce the sodium concentration in snack foods while maintaining their original taste. Other projects include natural sweeteners, as well as developing natural anti-microbial compounds that can be used in the food, medical device, cosmetics, and other consumer product industries.

Leadership hopes that the company’s presence in the United States will improve customer relations and help spur business development.

“The establishment of B.R.A.I.N. LLC in the U.S. State of Maryland is aimed at driving forward the internationalization of our business development,” Jürgen Eck, chief executive officer of B.R.A.I.N. said in a news release. “To be able to market our product and process innovations in the important future market of bio-economics more effectively internationally in the future, direct market access is of great importance.”

B.R.A.I.N. LLC joined the JHU Montgomery County Campus community in April. Approximately 35 companies are located on the campus.

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