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21st October 2015

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Protein Synthesiser – Novel enzyme samples in days rather than months

Working for a company which prides itself on being the fastest and most cost effective developer and manufacturer of novel enzymes means that innovation and new capabilities are run of the mill, dare I say it, everyday occurrences. I suppose it is easy to forget that not all companies are at the forefront of technological advances. So it should not have surprised me, when I was recently told by customers, that we [Biocatalysts] are the exception and not the rule.

Take, for example, one of our more recent technology offerings, an automated enzyme (protein) synthesiser.

Scientists can make small peptides synthetically but at Biocatalysts we have gone one step further. We have harnessed the power of nature to make purified enzymes ready for application tests in just a few days.

This circumnavigates the problems (time, cost, need for experimental repeats) associated with traditional in vivo enzyme production and means samples of enzyme panels can be supplied to our customers in a timely manner for application trials. This allows for them to select the best candidate to move forward for large scale production much quicker.

Why would anyone spend weeks or even months preparing panels of enzymes which may fail in applicant trials when it can be done in a few days – It seems kind of obvious when you think about it, doesn’t it?

Maeve O’Neill
NPD Scientist
@Biocats

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