BIOTECHNICA 2011 Industrial Biotechnology Is Speeding Up

Editor: Marion Henig

The use of yeasts to produce alcohol or vinegar from sugar has been common for thousands of years. New developments in biotechnological production will be shown at the new Industrial Biotechnology Forum at BIOTECHNICA 2011.

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Today, industry relies on microorganisms or enzymes to assist in the production of basic products such as acetic acid or bioethanol. There are two good reasons for welcoming the use of natural aids in chemistry: the foreseeable shortage of fossil fuels and the low energy consumption of biological catalytic processes compared with traditional chemistry. "In this connection we can identify two new trends", says Dr. Boris Mannhardt of Biocom AG. These trends in industrial biotech are addressed by the new special presentation and the Industrial Biotechnology Forum at BIOTECHNICA 2011, which is being jointly organized by Deutsche Messe Hannover and Biocom AG.

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One technological trend identifies new sources for basic products at a time when fossil-based products are becoming increasingly expensive and scarcer. Yet instead of using valuable grain products to make bio fuel in fermentation vats, the latest biotechnological developments have led to new processes which employ agricultural waste products. "The other trend in industrial biotechnology sees smaller companies processing and supplying increasingly complex compounds which bigger companies require for their processes", explains Mannhardt. Small companies are proving to be extremely effective partners to big industry and will be showcasing their expertise and trend-setting prowess.