Horizon EIC Pathfinder project LoopOfFun
Project »LoopOfFun - Closed-LOOP control OF FUNgal Materials« is a HORIZON European Innovation Council (EIC) Pathfinder Challenge project, granted within EIC Pathfinder challenge »Engineered living materials«.
Engineered living materials (ELMs) are composed, either entirely or partly, of living cells. ELMs only partly composed of living cells are called Hybrid living materials (HLMs). The main objective of the project LoopOfFun is to develop and validate a design-build-test-learn (DBTL) platform to develop in an iterative approach different HLMs with open- and closed-loop control of spatiotemporally defined material properties. The HLMs will be based on consortia of engineered filamentous fungi and bacteria that assemble and remodel a matrix derived from plant by-products.
The LoopOfFun consortium brings together five partners representing four countries: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Coordinator), University of Groningen, National Institue of Chemistry (Department of Synthetic Biology and Immunology), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung and SAS Luma-Arles. The tentative start of the 5-year project is December 1st 2022.
With its Pathfinder programme the EIC supports the exploration of bold ideas for radically new technologies. It welcomes the high-risk – high-gain and interdisciplinary cutting-edge science collaborations that underpin technological breakthroughs.