Many microorganisms are a source of valuable molecules in pharmacy, cosmetics and nutrition. To study and optimize the culture of these microorganisms, Pierre Guerin in cooperation with the Institute of Chemistry of Natural Substances of the CNRS (ICSN) has developed the first universal fermenter: Unifertex.
This unique fermenter in the world has the advantage of coupling fermentation in liquid medium to fermentation on solid support.
Unifertex, developed as part of the project TASCMAR (Tools and Strategies to access original bioactive compounds by Cultivating MARine invertebrates and associated symbionts), H2020 European project. This is a collaborative research project that aims to propose new tools and increasingly effective strategies to improve research on marine biomolecules. TASCMAR addresses a key challenge of the EU’s Blue Growth Strategy: the sustainable exploitation of marine compounds.