Check out what it's like inside the classroom at Laney College. We learn about interesting topics such as: Synthetic Biology, use Home Lab Kits and even experiment with CRISPR!
Faculty - Ron Shigeta, Laney Alums & High School students share their unique experience.
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Can the ancient art of brewing be used to make cannabinoids of any flavor? It’s not only possible but companies are already going commercial with fermented cannabinoids. Demetrix is a Berkeley company that has figured out how to trick yeast cells into making cannabinoids – not just the ones you’ve heard about like CBD but also the rare and ultra-rare varieties like CBG, CBV, CBE, and more. Interested in learning how biotech solved the problem of how to make industrial amounts of rare cannabinoids? Watch the talk from the former VP of R&D of Demetrix, Andrew Horwitz, on the Laney Biomanufacturing YouTube channel.
Bioreactors are used to grow cells at large volumes. We use bench scale bioreactors in the 5 to 30 liter range. In industry, bioreactors range from pilot scale (up to 1000 liters) to demo scale (up to 10,000 liters) to commercial scale (in the hundreds of thousands of liters).
Bioreactors are complex pieces of machinery that give cells the optimal environment for growth and production of a product. Parameters like pH, cell density, dissolved oxygen, and temperature are closely monitored by probes inside the vessel. A motor stirs the impeller and mixes the nutrient media with the cells. When you clean a bioreactor, you have to take it apart piece by piece. The impeller alone has many individual parts that need to be cleaned!
Biomanufacturing is a multidisciplinary field that brings together biology, chemistry, and engineering. We work with the other CTE departments on campus like Machine Technology, Welding, and the FabLab. As an example, we designed and printed a pipet calibration tool using the Laney FabLab’s 3D printers. When our equipment needs repair, we get help from Machine Technology as we did with our bioreactor impeller.