Proteus & Syngenta To Collaborate on Enzyme Development for Biofuels

Proteus announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with agribusiness firm Syngenta. The two companies plan to work together on the development of novel high performing enzymes for next generation biofuel production.

Both diversity screening and directed evolution methods will be used for the discovery and the optimization of targeted enzymes for the conversion of biomass into biofuels, Proteus said. Further details of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We believe that our strategy based on optimized enzymes holds tremendous potential for the creation of next generation biofuels,” said Dr. Ian Jepson, head of enzymes R&D at Syngenta. “The collaboration with Proteus helps us to accelerate development by offering technology that complements our core skills in plant expression.”

Last year, reported that Syngenta and Diversa Corporation formed a 10-year research and development (R&D) partnership to develop a range of novel enzymes that will convert pre-treated cellulosic biomass economically to mixed sugars. Under that agreement, Syngenta gained exclusive access to enzymes from Diversa’s platform to express in plants for enhanced cost-effective production.

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