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Innovations in Biosynthesis Challenge with CDT (a SC Group company) Winner: Enzyan Biocatalysis

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

Date: 21 February, 2023

By Taha Adnan

(Berlin, 21/02/2023) INAM – the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials, on behalf of Cambridge Display Technology (CDT), a Sumitomo Chemical Group Company, is proud to announce Enzyan Biocatalysis as the winner of the Innovations in Biocatalysis Challenge.

About Enzyan Biocatalysis

Enzyan Biocatalysis is a spinoff from the University of Graz in Austria which aims to provide its industrial partners the required tools for the implementation of green and economic biomanufacturing processes. They provide support in the identification, development, and optimization of more efficient and sustainable synthetic routes. Using cutting-edge computational and wet-lab tools, Enzyan tests the production of biocatalysts and characterises enzymes in view of their biocatalytic properties. This allows them to design biocatalytic routes and enzymatic cascades as well as identify optimal process parameters.

More about this challenge

This Open Innovation Challenge was based on one of the Sumitomo Chemical (SC) Group’s key priority; Green Transformation (GX). As part of this, biological alternatives to traditional high temperature and high-cost catalytic production methods were sought which produce valuable outputs from sustainable feedstocks in an efficient manner.

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About Open Innovation Challenges

INAM organises and hosts Open Innovation Challenges to help corporates resolve the technical challenges that they face. The goal is to find opportunities to solve unmet needs with the help of the right partnerships. INAM sources a list of potential partners for the corporate from both industry and academia, and arranges a pitch session for the corporate’s top choices. INAM Open Innovation Challenges are an excellent avenue to access more diverse sources of ideas and talent.

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About CDT, a Sumitomo Chemical Group Company

As the European R&D centre for global chemicals giant Sumitomo Chemical, we collaborate with partners in academia and industry to address some of the most complex challenges facing society today.

As part of the SC Group, we aim to contribute to solving problems facing the global community and to contribute to improving the Quality of Life for people around the world in areas such as resources, energy, food, and the environment by capitalizing on our technological prowess and to seek to earn the greater trust of our business partners, shareholders, investors, communities where we work, and all other stakeholders.

By merging synthetic biology with the chemical technologies it has cultivated over the years as a diversified chemical company, the SC Group is developing highly functional products that cannot be manufactured by chemical synthesis alone, as well as highly efficient, clean, and energy-saving processes so that new businesses can be created. The SC Group is actively investing in research and development in the field of synthetic biology through various initiatives with start-ups and academia.

About INAM

INAM, the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials, is a global network of companies and research institutes in the field of Advanced Materials. INAM’s goal is to enable the right connections and make technological innovations become reality by working closely with startups, SMEs, corporations, investors, and research institutes to start, grow and transform the development of Advanced Materials.

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