SilicoLife is an associate of the Portuguese Collaborative Laboratory (CoLAB) in Biorefineries – BIOREF – that intends to be one of the driving forces to change the paradigm of economic development through a national strategy for the use of biomass as a renewable resource. BIOREF is a private association of companies and research institutes aiming … Continued

Butanol international patent application published

SilicoLife’s international patent application for biological production of n-butanol has been published. SilicoLife announced that the company’s international (PCT) patent application for “Method for n-butanol production using heterologous expression of anaerobic pathways” was published on October 3, 2019, under publication number WO 2019/185843. Butanol is a 4-carbon alcohol generally used as an industrial solvent with … Continued


SilicoLife leading DeepBio focused on the application of deep learning to industrial biotechnology SilicoLife, University of Minho and NOVA University of Lisbon were awarded a national grant for the development of novel approaches for the computational design of new molecules and biotransformations with enhanced capabilities, boosted by the use of methods and technologies from machine … Continued

P-BIO leadership

Simão Soares, SilicoLife CEO, was elected last June as President of P-BIO, Portugal’s Biotechology Industry Organization, for the period of 2019-2022. The new board led by Simão Soares, representing SilicoLife, counts with José Pereira-Leal from Ophiomics, Joana Branco (Biocant), Teresa Gesteiro (Pfizer) and David Braga Malta (LiMM). More info about P-BIO and its structure can … Continued


Butanol is a 4-carbon alcohol generally used as an industrial solvent with a growing multi-billion market. N-Butanol can be used both as a feedstock for chemical applications and as a biofuel. It is commonly produced from fossil fuels through very pollutant processes, strongly contributing to GHG emissions, and thus requiring more sustainable and greener production … Continued

9 years

Today, we celebrate 9 years! This has been an exciting journey that started with the vision of using computation to understand and shape nature combining AI and Biology. Today we work closely with companies from all over the world and we are leading some of the most ambitious projects to expand nature diversity designing sustainable and … Continued

Horizon2020 SHIKIFACTORY100

SilicoLife is the coordinator of SHIKIFACTORY100, a new Horizon2020 project focused on the production of a universe of more than 100 high value compounds from the shikimate pathway, a hub in cell metabolism, through the development of an optimized chassis and the proposal and implementation of novel biosynthetic routes for the production of known and new … Continued

The Top 10 advances in renewable butanol

BUTANOVA technology highlighted on the Biofuels Digest article about the top 10 advances in the development of biobutanol. Biofuels Digest is the most widely read publication on biofuels and industrial biotechnology. Complete article here.

Butanova awarded with commercial evaluation grant

Braga, July 10th 2018 SilicoLife was awarded with a SME instrument phase 1 grant for the commercial evaluation of its BUTANOVA technology, a new biological process to produce n-butanol (patent pending). The SME instrument is a highly competitive grant scheme promoted by the European Commission. Butanol is a 4-carbon alcohol generally used as an industrial … Continued

Celebrating 8 years

We are celebrating this week 8 years of activity. A special thank you to all of our team, clients and partners!