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Enzymes in the industry


Production of fatty acid methyl esters, decomposition of lignocellulolytic material for bioethanol production.

Enzymes: Lipase, cellulase, xylanase

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Synthesis of intermediates for production of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Enzymes: Nitrile hydratase, transaminase, monoamine oxidase, lipase, penicillin acylase

Paper and pulp

Removal of lignin for improved bleaching, improvement in fiber properties.

Enzymes: Lipase, cellulase, xylanase


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Conversion of starch to glucose, production of high fructose corn syrup, production of prebiotics, debittering of fruit juice.

Food Processing

Enzymes: Protease, lipase, amylase, cellulase

Stain removal, removal of fats and oils, colour retention.

Enzymes: Trypsin, amylase, glucose isomerase, papain, pectinase


Immobilized dextranase on PepTrap

Dextran is a polysaccharide gum produced by contaminating microbes in the sugar processing pipeline.

This gum poses significant mechanical problems in sugar processing as well as decreasing the overall yield and purity of the final sugar product, resulting in major economic losses.

DexTrap comprises a highly active immobilised dextranase enzyme, capable of breaking down the contaminating dextran gums into simple sugars.


Immobilized laccase on PepTrap

LacTrap is a multifunctional platform that takes advantage of an immobilised laccase enzyme.

This platform targets the bioremediation of water systems through the removal of polluting azo-dyes. Due to its multifunctional capabilities, the LacTrap platform is also capable of novel drug discovery by synthesising antibiotic analogs that can overcome global antibiotic resistance.