NIEHS Awards Microvi $1.5 Million Phase II Grant for Demonstration of 1,4-Dioxane Degradation Technology

Microvi Biotechnologies announced today that it has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to demonstrate at scale a novel technology for the treatment of 1,4 dioxane in water. This follows on the success of work completed during the Phase I grant, where a prototype was developed and tested of a first-of-its-kind biological treatment technology for dioxane degradation called MB-DX™.

“1,4-Dioxane is among the most widely detected organic contaminants in groundwater and drinking water, with 13% of US drinking water sources tested in 2013 showing evidence of 1,4-dioxane. Available treatment solutions are expensive and energy intensive and often have inconsistent performance records.” said Mr. Thomas Mohr, Senior Hydrologist with the Santa Clara Valley Water District and a thought leader in the field of 1,4-Dioxane. “Microvi’s MB-DX™ technology uses 1,4-Dioxane degrading microbes in a way that is effective and reliable and overcomes common challenges to bioreactor performance such as system stability and clogging.”

“I congratulate Microvi Biotechnologies in Hayward and their CEO Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi on receiving this federal grant to help them pursue the development of a critical technology to keep our water safe,” said Congressman Swalwell (CA-15). “Technological innovations like the sustainable solutions developed at Microvi are driving our economic growth in the Bay Area and I will keep advocating for strong public-private partnerships to support this sector.”

About NIEHS
NIEHS supports research to understand the effects of the environment on human health and is part of NIH. For more information on environmental health topics, visit http://www.niehs.nih.gov.

About Microvi
Microvi is a green technology company based in the San Francisco Bay Area that delivers next-generation biotechnologies for the water, wastewater and renewable chemical industries. Microvi offers commercial technologies around the world to reduce waste, increase productivity and provide disruptive economics across the value chain. Learn more at www.microvi.com.

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