Enzyme technologies are a key to many products and processes in the bioeconomy. When we speak of “enzyme technologies” we are talking about using specialized biological catalysts to accomplish our industrial process. Enzymes are everywhere—they are proteins in all living organisms that do work. The advantage to using enzymes in industry is that they yield specific products and are environmentally friendly alternatives to chemical catalysts. All enzymes are biodegradable.
There are many enzyme technologies. One of the best-known industrial enzymes, commonly known as glucose isomerase, is used to manufacture high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Many similar examples exist where a specific enzyme is used to modify one compound into another with greater commercial value. While there are many commercial uses of enzymes, other common uses are in to prepare recombinant DNA in synthetic biology and as indicator systems in diagnostic or analytical methods.
An expert in these technologies has training in biological sciences, more specifically in biochemistry. Someone with this training knows to look for conditions to meet the customers product goals, but with parameters that will allow the enzyme to function efficiently. Enzymes generally work best in water-based solvents, between 75-150oF, and in slightly acidic to slightly alkaline conditions. These environmentally friendly conditions allow for easier clean up and lower regulatory oversight.
An expert in enzyme technologies can assist clients in many ways. They can determine the proper enzyme for the application, determine how much of a specific enzyme would be required for the application on a daily/monthly/annual basis. Finally, a source of the enzyme is critical to ensure the processing can be done in a timely manner. Because the patent landscape around enzyme technologies is dense, an expert can help to determine freedom to operate and whether a process is open source and being an expert witness in litigation involving enzymes or the technology surrounding them and recommend potential suppliers,
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms certainly have experts in biofuels and renewable fuels, and the more common areas like biomaterials, biomass and biomass power, feedstocks, and biotechnologies, including enzyme technologies. In these larger consulting groups, one will also find expertise in other biofuels like algae biofuels, aviation/biojet fuels, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, advanced biofuels, biodiesel, renewable diesel, renewable natural gas, renewable and biochemicals, biogas, syngas, biochar, bio coals, biobutanol, pyrolysis oil, and producer gas, wood pellets.
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