Many industrial processes could benefit from use of enzyme technology. Typically, enzymes can improve product quality or yield, replace chemicals with natural processes, or make it possible to manufacture entirely new products. The opportunities are there, but it requires knowledge about enzymes and their properties to implement efficient solutions.
A significant part of the research at Tailorzyme goes into development of brand new enzymatic solutions for industrial processes. We have chosen to focus on applications where an enzymatic solution will bring significant value to the customer, present a sound business opportunity for Tailorzyme and have clear societal benefits in the form of better use of raw materials or improved environmental impact of the industrial process.
Our research relies on input from industry experts and potential customers in order to optimize the performance of the final enzyme product.
This research is kindly supported by an InnoBooster grant from Innovation Fund Denmark.
Development of new enzymes
As the enzyme industry is still young, the range of industrial enzymes is still limited. Hence, some industries use enzymes with suboptimal properties or no enzymes at all.
Tailorzyme has identified a number of applications that require properties not found in existing industrial enzymes. To meet these needs for new enzymes we use bioinformatic prediction of enzyme properties combined with microbiological screening to find the best candidates for new industrial enzymes. Such screenings produce several candidates. To select the best, we test the enzyme properties in industrially relevant assays. This results in identification of new enzymes developed for specific industrial applications.
One of our projects is performed in collaboration with scientists at The Technical University Denmark and is supported by Scion DTU’s Smart Innovation program.