Sustainable industrial processes based on a C-C bond-forming enzyme platform                                 

The CARBAZYMES project is a 48-month collaborative project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme with grant agreement number 635595 and a total budget of 8,2M€. During its course, the project will implement the biocatalytic synthesis of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and bulk chemicals by using a broad platform of unique C-C bond forming enzymes.

Project Overview

Industrial chemical processes carried out through “classic” chemistry and catalysis often involve the use of hazardous substances and considerable amounts of energy. In contrast, enzymes catalyze the natural “manufacture and modification” of molecules under mild reaction conditions with exquisite catalytic selectivity. Thus, biocatalysis, the application of enzymes to catalyze industrial reactions, has the potential to improve chemical processes and works in compliance with the concept and principles of Green Chemistry.

The international project CARBAZYMES, coordinated by the Technische Universität Darmstadt, will develop sustainable industrial processes based on a C-C bond-forming enzyme platform. The project has started in April 2015 and includes the participation of 14 beneficiaries, 6 SME´s, 1 large company and 7 academic and research partners from 5 different countries. Thus the CARBAZYMES project will open the doors to the development of biocatalytic routes for the synthesis of bulk chemicals and APi´s of high demand and thus pioneer environmentally friendly processes for much needed products which are particularly relevant for Europe´s sustainable future and competitive ability in the global industry. The CARBAZYMES project aspires to transform the European biochemical industry to a greener, economically sustainable and socially beneficial landscape through both the improvement of the production methods and the creation of jobs for highly qualified scientists.

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