IBI Presents: Directly Obtaining Signaling Small Molecules Through Industrial-Scale Microbiome Mining

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February 24 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Presented By: Ross Youngs – Founder/CEO of Biosortia Microbiomics

Both online and in-person sessions will be offered for this event. Please indicate how you plan to attend on the RSVP form. For those will be joining us online, a Zoom link will be sent out after you register.

Abstract: For over 70 years, the quest to obtain the metabolites or small molecules in unculturable microbes has been a goal of many researchers seeking the best starting points in drug and life science discovery. With only 1% of microbes growing in a culture or bioreactor, the ability to directly obtain has been stymied by nature. The pivot to indirect methods has hit the firewall of nature’s complexity leading mostly to irrelevant and incomplete results. Learn how industrial-scale microbiome mining will open up direct access to these sought-after small molecules from potentially 100% and how this new source will impact therapeutics, agriculture, sustainability, cosmetics, and the entire range of life science discoveries.

Speaker Bio

Ross has spent over 30 years inventing products, technologies, and processes for a variety of industries, and holds over 75 patents worldwide. He is driven to innovate by a focus on what is better, faster, and less expensive. Ross’ recent major innovations include an R&D 100 Award for collaboration on biopolymer technologies. In 2009, Biosortia was awarded a $6 million ARPA-E (U.S. Dept. of Energy R&D) grant for its algal harvesting technology, which helped lead to the development of Biosortia’s drug discovery platform.

In 1998, Ross was awarded the Ernst & Young Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year award. Additionally, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored him as their national “Business Person of the Year” in a presentation made by Vice President Al Gore.


February 24
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Verizon Auditorium, Mason SciTech Campus
10900 George Mason Circle
Manassas, 20110
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