The power of biotech

Introducing the world’s best kept secret

Biotech combines the study of life at a microscopic level with innovation. Unseen and often overlooked, enzymes and microbes keep us and the world running. And when you use them to help enable, accelerate or transform an industrial process or a consumer product, we call them biosolutions.

How biosolutions work

When we do laundry, grab a yogurt, harvest crops or even drive from A to B, there is a good chance that biosolutions have helped somewhere along the way. Enzymes and microorganisms, which we find by studying life, may be small, but they make a big difference. See how biosolutions are used in our everyday life.

Biosolutions in everyday life

Every week, more than 5.9 billion people benefit from our biosolutions without knowing it. This must make biosolutions the world’s best kept secret. Learn about some biosolutions that are making an impact.

Limiting buildup of lead in children

Lucia loves climbing with her dad Allan. Like all parents, he wants to protect her from danger. But lead in food, water, air, soil, paint, and even toys can make it difficult to protect her from exposure.

That’s why we developed SmartGuard™. It helps limit lead buildup to safeguard children.

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Reducing chemicals in detergents

Vita loves fashion but loves the planet more. She knows that fossil-derived chemical ingredients in her detergent have a big carbon footprint. They can also stay in the environment long after wash day. Our biosolutions partially replace chemicals in detergents, so people like Vita get clean clothes and a cleaner conscience.

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Unlocking the potential of plant-based meat

Young people like Felix have most to lose if we don’t find a solution to climate change. Our biosolutions help unlock the potential of lower-climate-impact, plant-based meat that consumers will love.

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Making high-protein drinks taste better

Aria loves supplementing her diet with ready-to-mix protein drinks while she’s on the go. What she doesn’t love is the bitter flavor they can leave. Or the number of ingredients in some drinks. 
By getting rid of the aftertaste, our biosolutions help make Aria’s drinks taste great, without adding to the ingredient list. 

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Making more milk choices available

Vita and Dijani regularly catch up over a coffee. They’re both very health conscious but have different needs when it comes to milk. So they make sure to choose cafés with plenty of options. Whether consumers want low-lactose or low-sugar, our biosolutions help cafés and supermarkets give them all the choice they need.

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Keeping water healthy

For Sara and Mette, a family swim is the perfect start to the day. Swimmers who live near water impacted by phosphate-rich agricultural runoff aren’t so lucky. They may face algal blooms or even dead zones. Our biosolutions help ensure crops use more of the phosphate in  fertilizer, so swimmers can enjoy healthier aquatic environments.

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What are enzymes?

Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts and thereby help complex reactions occur everywhere in life. When one substance needs to be transformed into another, nature uses the catalyzing enzymes to speed up and control the process.

What are microbes?

Microbes are living organisms such as fungi or bacteria. Like enzymes, our microorganisms have properties that influence processes and reactions.

We love bio(logy) + tech(nology)

Try to put yourself in the shoes of someone living in 1900. Could you, in your wildest dreams, imagine that there would be a man on the moon in your lifetime? Or that air travel would be a part of everyday life for so many? Looking back, it’s easy to see how a person would have difficulty seeing that moment for what it was – a time on the brink of a technological revolution, much of it made possible by fossil-based resources. We too, are living in a transformative time – now driven by the power of biotech.

Biosolutions have the power to transform today’s industrial processes, how we produce food and how we enable healthier lives. Common to biosolutions is that they provide higher production output, savings in raw materials, water and energy, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner, smarter, safer production.

So when we talk biosolutions, we’re talking about cutting-edge, viable and more sustainable solutions. Biosolutions enable us to create better business and better lives for all of us, while protecting the planet that we love.

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Biosolutions for better lives

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Accelerating towards a climate- neutral society

55 billion tonnes. That’s what our combined CO2 equivalent emissions come to in just one year. Together with our customers, we’re lowering emissions in industry and food production. We’re also removing fossil-based ingredients from everyday products and capturing carbon. All to protect the planet we love.

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Transforming food systems

9.7 billion people will need food in 2050. That means we need to rethink food production from field to fork. With biosolutions, our customers are growing more per acre and ensuring better quality, more nutritious food. They’re generating less food waste and serving up plant-based and alternative proteins. This is the recipe that can help us meet our future needs.

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Enabling healthier lives

In supermarkets and health stores around the world, more and more people are looking for ways to improve their wellbeing and health. Our biosolutions provide supplements for better gut health. They also make lower-sugar, higher-fiber dairy possible. And they lead to healthier baked goods. These are just some of the ways they enable healthier lives.

Never stop exploring the potential of biosolutions

Russell Beard from Al Jazeera joins our scientists on the hunt for enzymes that could reduce the environmental impact of industry and decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.

Credit: Al Jazeera

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Join CNN as their health team goes hunting for fungi and enzymes with one of Novozymes’ mycologists.

Credit: CNN

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