BiographyI received my B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 1974, upgraded to an M.A. in 1977 and was awarded my Ph.D. degree in analytical plant biochemistry, physiology and pathology from the University of Cambridge in 1979. I held postdoctoral research positions in University College Dublin and the University of Glasgow in plant cell culture, hormonal control of plant growth and development, enzymology and the molecular actions of xenobiotics. Joining the biotech spinout company Bioflux Ltd. (Glasgow) in 1988, I became Technical Director (1991) and Managing Director (1997). The company name was changed in 2002 to beòcarta Ltd. (literally, “life-map”), a combination of words from Celtic languages and Latin to reflect the international nature of the company’s work with industrial clients in Europe, the United States, Japan, India and Korea in microbial and animal cell systems for the commercial production of recombinant proteins, secondary products (antibiotics, antifungals, and enzyme inhibitors), vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and carboxylic acids. An author of three monographs on biofuels and biorefineries, I continue beòcarta’s work on the economic improvement of microbial fermentations for established products and novel metabolites, plant biomass systems, bioenergy, technology transfer between Europe, the United States, Asia and the Pacific Rim, and to publish journal articles on microbial metabolism, biotechnology and bioenergy.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Mathematical modeling of biological systems
Techno-economic evaluations of novel biotechnologies
Gardening and composting - definitely related to plant biomass issues.
Home winemaking - clearly related to Industrial Biotechnology.
Science fiction novels and movies (probably another cheat)
Published: May 02, 2014 by Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining
Authors: David Mousdale
Subjects: Energy & Clean Technology
David Mousdale, from beòcarta Ltd, considers the economic and production challenges that need to be addressed over the next decade in order for biofuels to emerge from niche markets to widespread use. © 2014 Society of Chemical Industry and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd