US Codexis starts commercial-scale production of cellulase enzymes

12 July 2011 14:35  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Codexis has started up commercial-scale production of cellulase enzymes at a contract fermentation plant in Mexico City, the US-based bio-catalysts firm said on Tuesday.

Codexis said it made 20,000 litres of its proprietary cellulase enzyme product – the first such production using its Codexis CodeXporter enzyme expression system.

The enzymes are used to convert non-food biomass to fermentable sugars, and ultimately to biofuels and bio-based performance ingredients in household goods such as laundry detergents and shampoo.

Financial or capacity details were not disclosed.

Codexis added that its technology is in development for advanced biofuels and in carbon capture. Other potential markets include chemicals and water treatment.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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