Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TeeGene Biotech Aims to Develop at New Premises; Company Moves in to Wilton Centre

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TeeGene Biotech Aims to Develop at New Premises; Company Moves in to Wilton Centre

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Byline: Kelley Price Business Reporter kelley.price@trinitymirror.com

A TEESSIDE University spin-out that could become a pioneer in sectors from the beauty industry to food and paint has moved to Wilton Centre to develop its business.

TeeGene Biotech successfully took part in the Wilton Centrebacked icreate entrepreneurs programme, set up to help participants to become investment ready.

The company is pioneering research into environmentallyfriendly surfactants.

The products the company is developing are environmentally friendly - and could be used in cosmetics, soap formulation, healthcare, paint and food processing An anti-ageing application, targeted at the cosmetics industry, is also in development. Dr Pattanathu Rahman, Founding Director of TeeGene Biotech, is a Senior Lecturer in Process Engineering and Biotechnology at Teesside University. He has 20 years of research experience on novel biotechnological approach in bioproduct development, and is a recipient of a Society for Applied Technology (SAB) Award of Excellence in Microbial Biotechnology.

The market for biosurfactants is expanding rapidly, he claims - and there are plans to franchise TeeGene's idea across the world.

"The EU has established a market for biosurfactants, with an estimated demand of 679 million Euros last year, corresponding to half of the global demand," he said.

"The predicted value for biosurfactant market is 1.8 billion euros by 2030, which is a 300% increase."

TeeGene Biotech is offering to provide biosurfactant products tailored to specific industrial applications - produced using TeeGene Biotech's unique natural strains. …

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