Fermentation Facility: Services
The Fermentation Facility offers a wide range of services to Iowa State researchers and industry clients to assist in the development of new fermentation technologies and to provide fermentation equipment at a reasonable cost. By using the facility's equipment and expertise, industry clients have found a cost-effective way to test new products and processes.
- Controlled growth of microorganisms from benchtop (1- to 5-liter) to pilot scale (15- to 115-liter) working volume capacities
- Simultaneous and long-term fermentations
- Parallel benchtop-scale fermentations
- Continuous and batch fermentations
- Downstream processing including centrifugation, ultrafiltration, and freeze-drying
- Training for industry personnel and university students
Expert assistance is available for biotechnology courses or workshops. Additionally, training of graduate students or technicians in the operation of batch and continuous fermentation fermentors and microbial culture maintenance and preservation is available.
Parallel Benchtop-scale Fermentations
Users have the opportunity to simultaneously run multiple benchtop fermentations. In this way, experimental designs that would take months to complete with one fermentor can be completed in weeks by using a multiple-unit array. Every attempt will be made to assist researchers with scheduling.
Some continuous and batch fermentations require as much as 6- to 10-month use of one or more fermentors. Every attempt will be made to assist researchers with scheduling and execution of these projects.
A pilot plant-scale freeze dryer is available for scheduled use. The dryer is a Virtis Ultra-35 eight-shelf freeze dryer with stoppering capability and can be used for either bulk drying or producing dry product in vacuum sealed vials.