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General

What is Biotechnology?

Biotechnology can be divided into sub fields – red, white, green and multi-coloured biotechnology.

Red biotechnology deals with genetically altered micro-organisms that are used for producing products like insulin and vaccines for medical use.

White (grey) biotechnology is applied to industrial processes. For example, the use of microbes to produce products for industrial use, such as the subtilisin enzymes now widely used in laundry detergents.

Green biotechnology refers to agricultural applications such as production of disease-resistant or UV-resistant plants, or plants that have superior qualities, by means of genetic modification.

Multi-coloured biotechnology is often interdisciplinary and so many applications may be classified in more than one colour category. For example, production of biodiesel fuel from agriculture could be considered to be both white and green.

What does Biocatalysts do?

We manufacture speciality enzymes, with both off-the-shelf products and customised products suitable for a range of different applications. Our customised enzyme development and manufacture service gives you a totally unique, commercially scalable, cost effective enzyme for your process

Where is Biocatalysts located?

Biocatalysts is currently located in the United Kingdom. If you need further assistance, Contact us or call our office on +44 (0) 1443 843712. We also have a USA subsidiary, Biocatalysts Inc, based in Illinois.

What are Biocatalysts' core values?

Innovation, Customer Focus, People, Teamwork, Enzyme Capabilities, Delighting Customers.

What tradeshows do Biocatalysts attend?

FIE and IFT – Please take a look at our Media page for further information on exhibitions Biocatalysts are attending this year.

How does Biocatalysts get its products to the end market?

We deal direct with most markets. We have a small number of agents in the Southern Hemisphere.

What differentiates Biocatalysts from its competitors?

We offer a unique, holistic enzyme service which routinely delights our customers.

Are there any markets Biocatalysts do not deal with?

Yes – textiles, detergent, starch and animal feed.

What are your office hours?

08:30 – 17:00 hrs GMT.

Can I speak to someone 24/7?

During office hours the telephones are always manned. If you need to contact us out of our office hours, please send an email to enquiries@biocats.com or via our website. Your enquiry will be responded to within 24 hours excluding weekends and Bank Holidays.

Do you have parking spaces?

Visitor and staff parking is free, but we remind you that parking on our premises is at your own risk.

What is the nearest hotel to Biocats?

Please contact our office or send an email to enquiries@biocats.com and we will forward you our Visitor Pack which includes a list of recommended hotels in the area.

Do you have Investors in People?

We are Investors in People (Gold Award) recognised

When I visit, can I walk around your factory and labs?

All visits to Biocatalysts have to be arranged by appointment. A discretionary tour of our factory and laboratories may be available.

What facilities do you have? Disabled access etc.

We have disabled parking, a lift and toilet facilities

H&S and Environmental

Do you have H&S accreditation?

We recently underwent H&S accreditation with the BSI group. We completed the assessment process and were awarded OHSAS18001 certification on 12 April 2011 and have continued to maintain this status.

Do you have an EMS?

We are very environmentally aware and have a robust Environmental Management System. We gained ISO14001:2004 environmental accreditation on 24th January 2012 and have continued to maintain this status.

Do you have HACCP?

Yes.

Do you have Investors in People?

We are Investors in People (Gold Award) recognised.

What is Biocatalysts' stance concerning safety and the environment?

We believe the safety of our workforce and visitors, and that of the environment, to be of the utmost importance. We are constantly striving for improvement in these fields, and great emphasis is placed upon both management and employees’ responsibilities.

Do you have a (Environmental) Health & Safety Policy?

Yes, our Health & Safety Policy is endorsed by all managers within the company to ensure continual H&S improvement. It is also backed up by a Management directive that delegates specific H&S responsibilities.

What is your accident record?

It is very good; we have had no reportable accidents or incidents in recent years. We have six First Aid trained personnel on site.

Product and sales

Can enzymes improve our process?

Very often they can, depending on what you are trying to achieve. Please contact us and our technical team can determine which enzymes can assist you with making improvements to your new or existing processes.

Are enzymes safe for use in food processing?

Enzymes are not alive and they are not a form of living organism, they are simply inert materials made of protein. They have a long history of safe use in food manufacturing and are not active in the finished foodstuffs.

Where are enzymes used, that I wouldn't normally be aware of?

There are many examples but process cheese, botanical extractions and cosmetics are just a few of many

Why is there a difference in enzyme units from different suppliers?

Historically, different enzymes manufacturers have developed their own assays (with subtle differences) – these are generally not shared between enzyme companies. Biocatalysts has excellent expertise in understanding enzyme unit definitions used by the main enzymes suppliers. Please contact us and we can help you demystify this issue.

What process conditions are important for the use of enzyme?

There are numerous parameters that affect enzyme activity including pH, temperature and time of incubation. Each enzyme has a preferred environment for optimal activity. Biocatalysts provide information on optimal processing conditions on all our product datasheets and more detailed information can be made available upon request.

Can you develop an enzyme to meet our specific process requirements?

Yes. Biocatalysts philosophy is exceeding enzyme expectations; a key element of this is producing new enzyme solutions bespoke to individual customers and applications. We would welcome your enquiry for a new specialist enzyme and our technical team can work with you to determine the best possible solution.

Are all enzymes GMO derived?

No – the majority of commercially available food grade enzymes are produced by naturally occurring strains of organism. Where we do use a GMO we always strive to have a naturally occurring version available too.

Where are Biocatalysts' research and development team located?

Our core technical and new product development teams are located at our facility in Cardiff, UK. This houses dedicated research laboratories including a food production laboratory and pilot scale development and enzyme production equipment. In addition we have a broad network of academic contacts with whom we work on both a practical and consultative basis (through confidentiality agreements), allowing us constant access to cutting edge technology and knowledge.

Can Biocatalysts help us innovate?

Yes, we welcome opportunities to share our innovative ideas for new enzyme products and we can provide options for open discussions on innovation either through meetings, via teleconference, telephone discussions or email. Confidentiality agreements can be executed prior to commercially sensitive discussions.

Are all your enzymes suitable for use in Vegetarian, Halal or Kosher products?

Most of our microbial and plant derived enzymes are certified for use in Kosher and Halal processes. We have blanket kosher certification for our manufacturing site from Manchester Beth Din.

Do you manufacture pharmaceutical grade enzymes?

We do not test our products to pharmacopoeial monographs. All of our products are manufactured to food grade standards.

How is the enzyme activity measured?

Assay methods are available upon request.

How do you de-activate the enzyme?What is the product shelf-life?

Enzymes are active within optimum pH and temperature ranges. De-activation occurs when the process conditions are changed to take these parameters outside the optimum range.

What is the product shelf-life?

Generally, powder products have 12 months  shelf-life while liquids have  6 months.

Can the shelf-life be extended?

We can re-assay material and re-issue CoA. There is sometimes a charge for this service.

Do you capsulate enzymes?

No.

Do you immobilise enzymes?

Contact enquiries@biocats.com to discuss your requirements.

What is the minimum order quantity?

The minimum order quantity varies depending on the product.

What are your sample sizes?

Sample sizes vary depending on the product.

Do you send CoAs with samples?

CoAs are not routinely sent with samples. If you require a CoA , please mention this when requesting your samples. Please note there will be a small charge for this.

How will the sample be delivered?

Samples are delivered by mail or courier depending on the product and the destination.

When will the sample be despatched?

Samples are despatched within 3 working days.

What is the lead time?

Our standard lead time is 6 working days from receipt of order to date of despatch.

Can I request certificates for: origin, ingredients, specification, GMO etc?

These certificates are available upon request. There may be an additional charge.

What are the incoterms?

CPT, DDU, CFR.

Can I have non-standard packaging?

Yes. Non-standard packaging is available on most orders on request. Please contact us at enquiries@biocats.com for further information about costs and lead times.

Can you label with supplementary information?

Yes. We can add customer-specific supplementary labels. Please enquire about this at the time of your order. There may be an additional charge.

Can I have my product labelled in a language other than English?

Yes, however, we do request that you provide us with the translated text. There may be a set-up fee.

How quickly will I get my products?

Depending on your location and available means of transport we are able to ship by courier, road transport, air freight or deep sea cargo. We hold limited stocks of frequently-sold enzymes and are also happy to manufacture to firm forecast or forward order. This means that we can normally despatch within a standard lead time of 6 days, however for unforecasted product at times of peak demand this may be extended. Delivery times vary according to method of despatch but we can offer next day service to UK, 2-3 days by courier to most of Europe / USA, and approx. 1 week further afield. Road/Air/Sea delivery times are dependent on flight and sailing schedules.

What are your office hours?

08:30 – 17:00 hrs GMT

Can I speak to someone 24/7?

If you need to contact us out of our office hours, please send an email to enquiries@biocats.com or via our website. Your enquiry will be responded to within 24 hours excluding weekends and Bank Holidays.

We would like to represent your company in our country:

We are not currently seeking new distributors, traders or agents and our long term strategy is to deal direct in our chosen markets.

Recruitment

What is it like to work for Biocats?

Biocatalysts is a friendly environment and everyone has a ‘can-do’ attitude.

Do you have Investors in People?

We are Investors in People (Gold Award) recognised.

Do you have any vacancies at Biocats?

Please visit our recruitment page for the latest vacancies.

What are your benefits?

Please visit our benefits page for this information.

Can I do work experience at Biocatalysts?

We encourage students to gain work experience in a commercial environment where they have the opportunity to learn from others and develop practical skills. Demand for work experience is very high and requests will be considered however we are now fully booked until the end of 2015.

Do you offer flexible working?

16% of our staff work part time, for full time employees, they have the opportunity to work either a 4 or 4.5 day week by compressing their 37.5 hours. This can be done a total of 6 times in year.

What facilities do you have? Disabled access etc.

We have disabled parking, a lift and toilet facilities. We welcome applications from people with a disability and will make reasonable adjustments for the successful candidate.

Health and Well Being

For those employees who work in the Production and Laboratory facilities, we provide occupational health screening twice a year. For all employees, we provide private health cover.

Regulatory

Are all enzymes GMO derived?

No – the majority of commercially available food grade enzymes are produced by naturally occurring strains of organism.

Can I use enzymes for food processing in my country?

There is national legislation for the use of enzymes in Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Canada, France and Denmark. Customers in those countries should refer to the relevant approved lists. In the majority of other countries providing the enzyme is food-grade, safe and non-injurious to health there should be no issue with the use of enzymes. Wide ranging enzyme legislation (EU Regulation No. 1332/2008 on Food Enzymes) is currently being implemented in the EU and will lead to a positive approved list of enzymes that can be used for food processing applications.

Do we need to declare the enzyme as an ingredient?

In the EU providing the enzyme is used as a processing aid and performs no technological function in the final food, there is no requirement to declare the use or include enzymes on the final food label. Customers in other countries should refer to national legislation.

Are enzymes safe for use in food processing?

Enzymes are not alive and they are not a form of living organism, they are simply inert materials made of protein. They have a long history of safe use in food manufacturing and are not active in the finished foodstuffs.

Are all your enzymes suitable for use in Vegetarian, Halal or Kosher products?

Most of our microbial and plant derived enzymes are available as certified for use in Kosher and Halal processes. But this requirement must be specified when ordering.

Do you manufacture pharmaceutical grade enzymes?

We do not test our products to pharmacopoeial monographs. All of our products are manufactured to food grade standards.

Can I request certificates for: origin, ingredients, specification, GMO etc?

These certificates are available upon request. There may be an additional charge for non-standard certificates.