Galatea Bio Tech
Galatea Bio Tech srl is a young innovative PMI born in 2013 as a spin-off of the University Milano-Bicocca. Its core business is the development of bioprocesses for the production of bulk, speciality and consumer chemicals by bio-conversion or fermentation. It aims to find biotechnological solutions to support the transition from linear to circular economy meeting the demand for sustainable processes and sustainable products.
Galatea Bio Tech provides highly professional advice and assistance for the development of conversion plans and optimization of technologies and processes to companies that want to redirect their production processes towards a more sustainable model. By applying synthetic biology techniques and biotechnological fermentation strategies Galatea Bio Tech provides prototypes and proof of concept for
the development of green products and sustainable bioprocesses.
The R&D activity of Galatea Bio Tech are now mainly focused on the production of PLA (polylactic acid), a polymer made of lactic acid monomers, particularly virtuous since it can be produced from renewable biomasses (bio-based) and it is at the same time biodegradable and compostable (under industrial conditions). Galatea Bio Tech developed an innovative strategy for PLA production that is based on a one-step fully biotechnological process from a recombinant yeast. This innovative process just gained the European and the Italian patent and is in the process to obtain PCT extension.
A second business line is related to the development of new bioplastics, mostly PLA-based, blended with bio-based and eco-friendly compounds. Nowadays, most of the compounds present on the market are fossil-based, giving rise to bioplastic materials that are not fully sustainable. We are developing new biodegradable compounds in order to create bioplastic materials 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable.