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Development of sustainable drop-in fuels and renewable energy through synthetic biology

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Camberwell, VIC, Australia
  • Currency AUD
  • Founded April 2011
  • Employees 10
  • Website

Company Summary

Genetifuel uses synthetic biology to significantly reduce processing costs and make biofuels a commercially viable and environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels. Two major projects scheduled: 1) e.coli and sugar to biodiesel; and 2) longer term cyanobacteria (blue green algae) to biofuels. Our initial focus is on Australian diesel and aviation fuel with the longer term goal of the global fuel (gasoline, diesel, jet, ethanol) market.


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    Lawrence Auffray
    Chief Executive Officer

    Lawrence has over 20 years as a senior executive primarily in the energy sector ranging from commercial & financial advisory, business management, project management, consulting, strategy, reform. regulatory, policy, risk, business planning and operations. He is a recognized leader in the sector and he is a member of the Infrastructure Partnership Australia Energy and Sustainability Taskforce.

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    Desmond Lun
    Chief Scientist & Head of Research

    Desmond started research at MIT in 2002 (10 years of research experience) and is a recognized expert in complex systems engineering and synthetic biology.
    He is currently Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    He received his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a

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    Howard Siow
    Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

    Howard has 7 years management consulting experience in the Energy & Utilities sector with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, AGL, Energex, Energy Australia and TXU (TRUenergy / SP Ausnet). His experience includes large energy reform, energy business model review, process and technology change and sales & marketing. Howard has experience in managing and growing successful startup companies.


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    Crowe Horwath