In 30 minutes or less I’d like to tell you why biocatalysis is a technology that will help you solve your chemistry challenges and how you can gain its benefits now. This informational presentation is absolutely free to attend, and you can do so from the convenience of your computer, phone, or mobile device.
Please register for “Why Biocatalysis Offers Immediate Benefits for Your Chemistry” on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:00 AM PDT using the link below:
You will learn how biocatalysis has advanced into the chemistry mainstream and find out how you can capitalize on its advantages for your synthetic challenges now. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
I look forward to seeing you online next Wednesday.

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This week I have been attending the conference on Development and Application of Enzymes in Biotechnology in Duesseldorf. It has been a great week for learning about the latest developments in enzymes and their applications, and in biocatalysis technology in particular, with a line-up of uniformly great speakers and timely topics.

The fun started before the full conference opened with a workshop I was asked to organize. We focused on the topic “Taking an Enzyme from Concept to Commercialization.” This was an opportunity to discuss the experiences across a range of industries, from companies large and small, in the commercialization process

Below I will highlight Seven Key Take-Aways from the Enzyme Workshop, one from each speaker.

  1. There is now a larger role for bioinformatics in new enzyme discovery. (Dr. Stefan Mix, Almac Sciences(
  2. It is possible to create a new enzyme activity starting with no activity with the aid of computational design. (Alexandre Zanghellini, Arzeda Corporation)
  3. Application testing of enzymes should be done early, and the earlier the better. (Joe McAuliffe, DuPont)
  4. There is a massive resistance to change of enzymes for in vitro diagnostics. The same enzymes have been used on some cases for 35-40 years. This creates a huge barrier to introduction of new enzymes in diagnostics. (Nick Major, Sekisui Diagnostics)
  5. Biocatalysis is moving to Pre-validated and Ready-to-Use or Plug and Play enzymes to shorten time-lines and reduce risk in scale-up and implementation. (Andreas Vogel, c-LEcta GmbH)
  6. Time-lines from concept to product have been consistently shrinking over the past 15 years. (Andy Ellis, Biocatalysts Ltd)
  7. Directed evolution will be mandatory for future innovation. (David Rozzell, Sustainable Chemistry Solutions, Inc.)

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Biocatalysis Companies … *

March 20, 2015

Tweet * … but were afraid to ask. The all new Biocatalysis Company Guide is now available. To read all about it please go here: Biocatalysis Company Guide  

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What Was the Most Innovative New Enzyme Launched in 2014?

February 11, 2015

Tweet In this post I respectfully offer my candidate for the best and most innovative new enzyme launched last year. It is called LpHera, an alpha-amylase developed by Novozymes that has a lowered pH range for activity and stability. (note the clever incorporation of “pH’ in the name? I love marketing!) The application is the liquefaction of […]

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The One Enzyme Conference I Am Attending This Year

February 10, 2015

Tweet The 2015 conference on Development and Application of Enzymes in Biotechnology, being held in Dusseldorf, Germany April 13-15, should be a highlight for those in the enzyme industry. In fact it may be the best enzyme conference of the year … and I can get you 20% off (see below). I’ll be there, giving the […]

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Recent Enzyme News Headlines

February 6, 2015

Tweet The enzyme industry has been impacted by a few announcements recently. BASF exits partnership with Novozymes and Cargill on bio-based acrylic acid. The project has been running since 2008. Novozymes and Cargill will continue the work to develop the process. Press release from Novozymes. Amyris has announced plans to launch µPharm (microPharm) Discovery and Production Platform, […]

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Where is Innovation in the Enzyme Industry Coming From?

January 30, 2015

Tweet I have been thinking about the sources of innovation in the enzyme industry. It is, after all, a $4.8 billion industry world-wide, certainly large enough to attract the attention of businesses looking for markets to expand into. Where are the new products originating? What is driving innovation in the enzyme field? Where should we be looking for future innovation […]

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10 Best New Enzyme Products

January 26, 2015

Tweet Recently I began thinking about the new enzymes that have been developed and launched and realized that there is no place to find a list of them. Even more glaring is a lack of details about the enzymes, the advantages they offer, and information on the companies that developed them. To remedy that, “10 Best New Enzyme Products” […]

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Cyanide Dihydratase: An Enzyme With Commercial Potential?

January 20, 2015

Tweet I am posting today about an enzyme, still under development but not yet commercially-available, that I believe could have significant commercial applications in the chemical industry and in waste treatment. Drum-roll please: this enzyme is called cyanide dihydratase (EC 3.5.5.1). As the name suggests, it catalyzes the double hydrolysis of cyanide to produce formate, […]

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Which Enzyme Companies Made News in 2014?

January 16, 2015

Tweet What new products were launched? Which companies made the biggest business deals? Who are the movers and shakers in the enzyme industry? We have gone through press releases, product launches, and news articles and pulled out key items from all of 2014. These news highlights are organized by month for easy reference. Each summary […]

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