July 27, 2020

WPI chemical engineer receives grants totaling more than $2M to speed, ease genetic engineering

“It is essential that manufacturing processes are improved, in order to speed the development of treatments for people with life-threatening genetic diseases.”

Worcester Polytechnic Institute chemical engineer Eric Young has received four separate grants totaling more than $2 million to support his research into using yeast and fungi to take on significant genetic engineering challenges. The MLSC provided $580,500 toward this effort for WPI researchers to collaborate with Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. with an aim toward revolutionizing the production of a component essential for genome editing approaches.

The Center provided this funding through its “Building Breakthroughs” capital program, which supported capital projects driving biomanufacturing innovation.