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: Lien Loosvelt