Universal Bio Mining (UBM) is a privately held biotechnology company based in Tucson, Arizona. It focuses on applying molecular biology, metagenomics, and synthetic biology to the mining industry to improve both mineral extraction processes and remediation processes. UBM offers speciation and monitoring services as well as customized biological consulting services.
UBM's primary targets are the copper mineral chalcopyrite and gold deposits with refractory contaminants. It is engineering the natural process of extremophiles used in metal extraction of certain types of mineral ores. The company aims to displace smelters and roasters, which generate immense amounts of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide and enable the processing of waste ore and the development of uneconomic deposits.
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