May 20, 2013

BASF expands enzymes portfolio

The blog has not focused as much on enzymes - proteins that consist of long chains of amino acids held together by peptide bonds, and are important biological catalysts in accelerating the rate and specificity of metabolic reactions. The enzymes market was estimated in 2011 at around $2.6bn worldwide in terms of applications categorized under detergent enzymes, technical enzymes, food enzymes and animal feed enzymes.

BASF announced last week that it has strengthened its enzymes portfolio with three transactions: The acquisition of Henkel's detergents enzyme technology; A research and license agreement with Florida, US-based biotechnology company Dyadic International on access to a new production host technology; and an R&D collaboration with Germany-based Direvo Industrial Biotechnology to develop a highly-efficient feed enzyme for animal nutrition.

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