SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Verliant Sciences (“Verliant”), and the University of California, San Francisco (“UCSF”) have entered into a multi-year collaborative research and development agreement for the analysis and separation of molecular constituents of various waste streams. This research is expected to have important waste reclamation and renewable energy, as well as biomedical, applications.
“Verliant has already made great strides in the microbial digestion of organic wastes and this research will allow us to refine and improve our process and take us to the next level of waste reclamation and green energy,” said Christopher Barry, Verliant’s Science Director, longstanding Fellow of the Society of Biology in the UK, and British expert in the area of anaerobic digestion.
“This research is important on many levels,” said Nancy Phillips, Ph.D., a chemist in the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, who for over 20 years has specialized in the characterization and separation of small molecules. “Not enough is known about the molecular constituency of municipal waste or other waste streams, and investigating the bioconversion of wastes is relevant to resolving our global waste and energy problems.”
The multi-year alliance will take a phased approach and will draw on the biomedical expertise of UCSF researchers, as well as the environmental research expertise, technology, and industry experience of Verliant’s science team at every phase. Scientists expect the research to generate information that will expand the use of waste byproducts and increased digestion efficiency, ultimately resulting in greater waste diversion potential.
About Verliant – Verliant Sciences, LLC is a subsidiary of Verliant Energy, Inc., a global cleantech company that is dedicated to developing eco-friendly, sustainable solutions to waste and the increasing need for energy. Verliant Energy partners with waste collection companies, municipalities, and waste producers to convert waste to energy utilizing its patented technologies. For more information, please visit www.verliantenergy.com.
About UC San Francisco – UCSF is the nation’s leading university exclusively focused on health. It is dedicated to transforming health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with world-renowned programs in the biological sciences, a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and two top-tier hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Please visit www.ucsf.edu.