Building a biochemicals industry

Biochemicals produced from renewable raw materials meet a global need for innovative and sustainable alternatives to oil-based chemicals.

Biochemicals produced from renewable raw materials

Growing populations and wealth combined with oil price volatility create an increasing global need for innovative alternatives to oil-based chemicals. Novozymes has unique capabilities to meet this need through our world-leading biotechnology platform.
By leveraging Novozymes’ core technologies, we enable production of sustainable biochemicals. Biochemicals are produced from renewable raw materials such as corn, wheat, soy, and sugarcane. As an even more sustainable alternative to oil-based chemicals, we explore opportunities for producing chemicals from biomass such as corn stover. 

Bioinnovation key to biochemical success

Sugars from renewable sources are often the starting point in the production of biochemicals. At Novozymes these sugars are then transformed into building blocks for industrial biochemicals, either by enzymes or by microorganisms that have been genetically optimized for a specific purpose through metabolic engineering. Novozymes has more than 30 years of industrial experience of genetically optimizing microorganisms, including microorganisms for the production of enzymes.
Novozymes’ biotechnology platform consists of a long series of technologies ranging from gene technology to advanced screening and industrial fermentation. This platform enables us to continuously improve productivity and provide new opportunities for many different industries.
Since starting activities in the biochemicals area, Novozymes has initiated a number of very challenging R&D projects to develop building blocks for a variety of bulk biochemicals such as acrylic acid. These can be converted into materials such as super absorbers for diapers.
Novozymes is currently searching for partners within the area of​ C4 acids - find out more ...

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