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FAQ

 

WHAT CONTAMINANTS DO YOU WORK ON?

Our portfolio includes petroleum hydrocarbons, PCBs, PFAS, fluoride, 1, 4-dioxane, heavy metals, nitrates, and microplastics. Our portfolio is always expanding; if you have a chemical you need to get rid of, get in touch and we can develop a solution for you.

HOW CAN WE USE YOUR BACTERIA AND PLANTS?

We can put any enzyme you need into the bacteria or plant of your choice. These organisms can then be used to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater in situ, without the need to remove contaminated substrates. This saves you money by eliminating transportation and disposal costs. Example application areas include: 

  • Oil refineries

  • Mining sites

  • Disaster response (e.g. oil spill)

  • Contaminated agricultural soil

  • Landfills

  • Urban air pollution

WHAT ORGANISMS DO YOU ENGINEER?

Our approach to engineering organisms is 'less is more.' We make as few changes as possible to an organism's genome, usually by just expressing our target enzyme of interest. What are the results of these small changes? The target organism can now essentially 'eat' your contaminant, using what was once pollution to grow.

We seek to work with local microbes, plants, and potentially other organisms like algae where applicable. To do this, we isolate microbes from your contaminated site or identify plants that are already growing there. Then we use our custom platform to evolve them in the lab to eat your toxic waste. The result? Native organisms help us clean up the environment where they naturally live.

Why is harnessing native microbes and plants for remediation better? By tapping into local ecological systems, our technologies prevent the introduction of non-native organisms which could potentially become invasive.

CAN YOU JUST MAKE US ENZYMES?

Yes, we can produce bespoke enzymes and purify them on a large scale for direct application without the need for expressing your enzyme in a host. This option is more expensive than producing the enzyme in a host bacteria or plant, but can be the best solution in certain cases. Application areas include: 

  • Sensitive habitats that cannot be remediated using traditional means (e.g. wetlands)

  • Chemical manufacturing

  • Water treatment facilities

  • Groundwater treatment

WHO DO YOU WORK WITH?

Our clients come from multiple sectors, including the oil, gas, mining and chemical manufacturing industries. We also work with academic universities on R&D and nonprofits to develop bioremediation systems for developing countries.

HOW QUICK DO YOUR SOLUTIONS WORK?

Remediation is typically a long game. Without any treatment, it can take 100 years or more for contaminates in soil and water to naturally decay. Some contaminants, like plastics and Styrofoam, will not decay for over 1000 years without human intervention.  Conventional remediation approaches take roughly 5-10 years of intensive treatment, followed by 10-20 years of monitoring. At BluumBio, we aim to cut those turnaround times in half. Our ultimate goal is to completely clean up and restore contaminated soil and ground water to less than 1ppm of a given contaminate in as little as 5 years.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH BLUUMBIO?

There are several advantages of working with BluumBio, including:

  • We work 1:1 with clients to develop bespoke enzymes customized for environmental application and/or manufacturing processes

  • We can go from concept to product in 6-12 months, with clear deliverables and milestones at each step

  • Our bio-based remediation solutions are quicker, cheaper, and more effective compared to alternatives

  • Our enzymes have no known negative impact on the environment

  • Our solutions can help clients meet regulatory clean up directives and achieve sustainability goals 

DO YOU WORK ON [ YOUR CONTAMINANT OF CHOICE ]?

We are always working on new contaminants. We firmly believe there is nothing that nature cannot break down. Get in touch to find out more.

ARE YOUR TECHNOLOGIES APPROVED BY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES?

We work closely with government regulators to ensure BluumBio's products meet local and national laws around remediation and the use of genetically modified organisms for environmental clean up.

HOW CAN I REQUEST A DEMO?

If you have a problem, we have a solution. Whether you're an energy company looking to clean up a contaminated wetland or an urban architect looking for a new plant to improve air quality, we can help. Get in touch to discuss BluumBio's technology and how we can work together.

DO YOU HAVE OPEN POSITIONS?

We are always interested in hearing from highly motivated undergrads for internships and biologists, chemists, and engineers for staff scientist positions. We have to be honest though: what we're doing is ambitious, sometimes ambiguous, and never easy. Our team is made of creative individuals motivated to make the world a better place. If you're up for a challenge, get in touch.

HOW CAN I INVEST IN YOUR STARTUP?

We welcome interest from investors of all kinds. Get in touch to learn more about BluumBio's journey, our technology, our portfolio, and client success stories.