Novel and efficient approaches of converting volatile fatty acids (VFAs) topolyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)

Genecis Bioindustries makes bacteria that enables production of premium materials cost-competitively. Their first product line is a biodegradable plastic resin (PHAs) used for high-end applications, like 3D printing filaments and personal care products. Genecis can reduce production costs by 40% by using organic waste as the feedstock, lowering the barrier for plastic manufacturers to create healthy and affordable products. This project will be able to provide Genecis with the foundation of their 2nd generation synthetic bacteria – one that offers a higher conversion efficiency with guaranteed PHA production consistency. The consistency especially, is a huge step forward to ensure Genecis’ customers are able to receive high quality bioplastic to produce their end products in a consistent manner. This project would also ensure that Genecis is able to make a wide variety of PHAs that find application in various domains.

Faculty Supervisor:

Perry Chou


Adam Westbrook


Genecis Bioindustries Inc.


Engineering - chemical / biological




University of Waterloo



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