HAYWARD, Calif. — Microvi Biotechnologies, a biotechnology company that develops, manufactures and commercializes biocatalytic technologies for water, energy and chemical industries, received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a novel biotechnology that removes selenium from water, according to a press release.

Based on Microvi’s MicroNiche Engineering™ platform, a process which enhances microbial physiology using materials science to provide synthetic biocatalyst microenvironments, the new cost-effective technology will reduce the amount of selenium in wastewater to below five parts per billion, stated the release.

Led by Microvi Senior Microbiologist Dr. Joseph Salanitro, the grant will fund a research and development project through December, continued the release.

“Our highly multidisciplinary approach has the potential to provide a targeted, high-performance biological solution for the problem of selenium in water,” said the Director of Innovation Research Ameen Razavi. “Our platform combines high-throughput directed evolution with materials science to achieve novel, cost-effective and consistent results.”

You can find the entire release here.