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VG Energy Chief Scientist Awarded $200,000 AgriLife Grant to Study Lipid Secretion
Date:8/8/2013

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VG Energy, an agricultural biotech company and wholly owned subsidiary of publicly traded VG Life Sciences Inc. (VGLS), announces today a $200,000 competitive grant from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research BioEnergy Initiatives Program for testing oil secretion technology. 

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Bioenergy Initiatives Program awarded the $200,000 grant to Dr. Marty Dickman, Chief Scientist at VG Energy, and Dr. Paul de Figueiredo, Associate Professor of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University for the proposal titled A Universal Small Molecule System for the Non-lytic Secretion of Oils from Living Cells.

The grant will support collaborative efforts to optimize non-lytic secretion of oils by using small molecule metabolic disrupting agents that are part of the VG Energy protected patents. Additionally this research will aim towards identifying the molecular targets of the small molecules and the optimum conditions for lipid secretion. The species used in these studies will reflect strains used in production today. The funds will be dispersed over two years.

Extraction of oils from oil-producing cells has been a major problem for biofuel and nutraceutical producers. The results of this research may allow algae producers to reduce extraction costs, which account for between 50-67% of their net production costs. If viable, the technology would be applied on algae, yeast, and other plant cells utilized in the nutraceutical and biofuel markets.

In related news, VG Energy is halfway through field trials in South Dakota to measure the effect of its patented LipidMax compound in corn oil production.  The twelve 2,000 ft2 plots will be harvested in October.  For more information see VG Life Sciences,
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