8 reasons 2015 was a good year for Novozymes
As we look forward to an exciting 2016, here are some of Novozymes’ 2015 highlights.
Partnering for impact
2015 was off to an exciting start with the launch of our new corporate strategy, “Partnering for impact”. The strategy was accompanied by a new set of long-term social, environmental and financial targets and a new purpose statement - "Together, we find biological answers for better lives in a growing world – Let’s rethink tomorrow."
Innovating for the starch industry
Two new enzymes that simplify starch processing were launched during 2015. Novozymes Secura® enables significant chemical and energy savings and Extenda® allows starch producers to save on raw materials or energy and water. Not only do these solutions help starch producers ease their processing, they also bring new sustainability to the industry.
In May, Adisseo and Novozymes announced a partnership to develop a probiotic based on naturally occurring microbes. Targeting poultry, the product offers health benefits while reducing the use of antibiotics.
The world made history in September when leaders met in New York to adopt the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. The goals aim to unite governments, NGOs, companies and communities to work together to drive the sustainability agenda for the greatest impact.
In October, Novozymes launched an exciting new enzyme product for the production of bioethanol. Avantec Amp improves yield and throughput in corn ethanol production, while increasing corn oil extraction and significantly reducing the need for several harsh chemicals used in ethanol production. By switching from standard enzyme technology to Avantec Amp, a typical ethanol plant with a capacity of 110 million gallons can make up to $2.5 million a year in additional net profits.
Novozymes was ranked number one, when Science Magazine released its annual Top Employers Survey in October. The survey polls employees in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and related industries to determine the 20 best employers globally. The survey proved that our employees are truly motivated by finding biological solutions to global challenges.
In November, Monsanto and Novozymes announced an ambitious new 2025 acreage target that will guide the companies’ microbials business for the next decade. The target is based on the expectation that scientific breakthroughs and new products will significantly increase demand for microbial technologies over the next 10 years. Microbes can increase crop yields and complement or replace agricultural chemicals and fertilizers.