From microbes to biological detergents

DetergentIndustrial biotechnology relies on nature's tool set and converts bacteria, yeast and fungi into microbial cell factories to generate value-added products such as biological detergents, chemical building blocks, food additives, pharmaceuticals and biofuels.

  • In the past decades themes such as synthetic biology and metabolic engineering gained momentum and were also introduced in industrial biotechnology, opening doors for synthesis of compounds non-natural to the host
  • Yet, here some limitations are met; in many cases problems are encountered to get the compound out of the cell resulting in toxic effects, low yields and additional processing costs.

To intensify industrial biotechnological processes, it's important to understand the mechanisms of transport into and out of cells.

What we do

We address these important limitations by developing several innovative and widely applicable methods to get molecules out of a microbial cell.

Crossing biological membranes

Impact

  • Vital cells and less product toxicity 

  • Less re-metabolisation

  • Higher product accumulation and yield

  • Straightforward product recovery

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