Enzymes are already widely used in the food, textile, cleaning and detergent, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. In research, new enzymes relevant to industry are constantly being discovered, scientifically characterized and optimized in terms of their catalytic activity using modern methods. It is estimated that 10,000 enzymes occur in nature. Of these, 3000 are known, but only about 120 enzymes are used industrially .
Fraunhofer IGB is therefore working together with partners from research and industry in the "Innozym" joint project with the aim of developing efficient, recombinant expression processes for the production of technical enzymes and of producing and purifying them up to a scale of 10 m3. This goal is to be achieved by developing suitable production strains and by optimising bioprocess technology.