There are several barriers which hinder the use of enzymes in industrial reactions, a major one being price. The market volatility of many enzymes deters many producers from considering them as a viable option for their manufacturing process. Furthermore, the harsh conditions of many industrial reactions are detrimental to enzymes, meaning that the reaction would have to be adapted to suit the biocatalytic process. Finally, many enzymes are unable to catalyse reactions at the same rate or efficiency as their non-enzyme counterparts, and further decline in efficiency during their use.
Each of these issues must be addressed and improved upon with experimentation, enzyme engineering, market studies, and by finding the exceptional cases where biocatalysis outperforms inorganic catalysis in all areas. Addressing these questions is where EnzymASE comes in.
This involves finding the right biocatalyst through screening it against various polymeric materials, coordinating with our partners in academia to upscale the best candidate enzyme, and then optimising its biocatalytic efficiency in a variety of conditions. The interaction between
researchers and industrial manufacturers in the consortium gives the best opportunity for innovation and real-world product development. This is the final aim of EnzymASE: to develop market-competitive commercial products through biocatalysis, fully incubated in the heart of Flanders.
For more information on EnzymASE, please contact our dedicated team. We will be happy to answer your questions.
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