“Enzymes are like tools designed by nature (or, Increasingly, by biotechnology) for a specific function. Our focus is on understanding enzyme performance and the industrial environments our products will be used in.
Our technical expertise is first to select the right enzymes to adapt for our customers’ needs. That could be improving the quality and shelf life of bread, for example, or producing biofuels from agricultural waste. We translate that required function into biochemical terms, i.e. what enzyme activity is needed.
Experience tells us which enzyme candidates might be robust enough to catalyse reaction in, for example, a high temperature oven or in a high or low pH environment.
Then we optimize the enzyme to perform its task, like a custom-designed tool, within the industrial systems of our customers.”