About Silantes: Biotechnology in Munich

We are a biotech company that produces and distributes biomolecules that are labelled with the stable isotopes 2H, 13C and 15N. Our core competence, the fermentation of microorganisms in closed systems, distinguishes us from competitor technologies that are mostly chemical in nature.

In a novel, purely biotechnology-based approach, we convert simple, inorganic stable isotope labelled molecules into complex organic molecules such as amino acids, peptides, proteins, nucleotides, RNA and DNA.

The metabolic labelling of biomolecules with stable isotopes sets us apart from chemical production methods in terms of both quality and cost efficiency.

Our vision is to further broaden the applications for stable isotope labelled biomolecules.

The story behind Silantes technology

The technology is based on the fact that chemolithoautotrophic bacteria can metabolize inorganic carbon in a pathway similar to that of green plants. Chemolithoautotrophic bacteria combine the advantage of green plants in being able to assimilate COwith the advantage that bacteria are more productive and are also capable of expressing heterologous proteins.

The labelled chemolithoautotrophic bacteria cells are used as factory to produce the stable isotope labelled biomolecules of choice. This pioneering technology provides an outstanding homogeneity of components labelled with stable isotopes, especially for triple labelled (2H, 13C and 15N) biomolecules.

The roots of Silantes

The technology was developed by Dr. Hermann Heumann at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in 1998. Silantes, a spin-off of this renowned academic institute, employs highly skilled scientists in the fields of molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry and biotechnology. Our experienced team produces excellent products and provides competent and customer-oriented advice and solutions to meet the needs of academia and industry.

We look forward to contributing to the success of your research projects with our high-quality stable isotope labelled products.


Learn more about Silantes technology and products

Watch this video to learn about our technology for metabolic labelling of biomolecules with stable isotopes and discover areas of application for our products.

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