Diversa Gains EPA Approval of Enzyme for Biodiesel Fuel

Diversa Corporation’s Purifine enzyme has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in increasing the efficiency of oilseed processing for the production of biodiesel fuel.

Diversa’s approach provides a new method for removing oil phospholipids (degumming the oil) while improving the quality and yield without requiring major changes to conventional processing conditions. “With this regulatory approval, we now look forward to dedicated biodiesel mills performing commercial scale trials to determine the extent to which Purifine enzyme can improve overall yield and reduce low-value byproducts,” said Edward T. Shonsey, Diversa’s Chief Executive Officer. The pending FDA approval for edible oil applications of Purifine enzyme is required for a full commercial launch. Diversa will manufacture Purifine enzyme under its agreement with Fermic S.A. de C.V.
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