There is a great demand for new, better and more versatile enzymes. The sea can be an important source of such enzymes, but research is very expensive and time-consuming. The EnzyMares project is aimed at developing a toolbox to easily identify promising enzymes.
In progress
Sep 2021 - Aug 2025
Intercluster project, National project

Enzymes are used in various industrial sectors (chemical, food, (aqua)feed, agriculture, cosmetics, pharma, nutraceuticals). Nevertheless, the currently available offer is limited, and there is a great demand for new, better and more versatile enzymes.

The potential of alternative enzymes (including marine enzymes) has hardly been researched, as this is a time-consuming and expensive process for the industry. The EnzyMares project now focuses on screening marine sources such as bacteria, micro-algae and diatoms. 

Recent molecular technology allows for the thorough high throughput screening of potential enzymes. However, linking these genome data on the one hand with the functionalities and reaction conditions of enzymes on the other is a time-consuming process requiring significant expertise.

A multidisciplinary EnzyMares consortium will develop a toolbox that predicts the specific characteristics of enzymes based on a multiomics approach. This will enable companies to accelerate the bioprospecting phase and make new enzymes available to the market.

Partners: Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, KU Leuven, Ghent University, VIB and VITO

Clusters involved: Catalisti, Blue Cluster and Flanders' FOOD

With the support of: VLAIO (Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Contact: Sofie Van Den Hende

Enzymares partners

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