Industrial enzymes for cellulosic sugars and beyond by Matti Heikkilä 

Core competence of Metgen enzyme engineering and its strategic focus is lignocellulosic biomass in multiple segments.

10th International Conference on Bio-bases Marerials – Köln, Germany- May 10-11, 2017

Issue for bio-refineries is to lower technology costs, lower capex and increase valorization of all clean fractions of the biomass

Metzymes* cover the full value chain of bio-processing (fractionation, hydrolysis, saccharification, glucose isomerase, and dehydration).

Metgen worked with Avantium on FDCA and HMF oxidation

Metgen’s process claims a 83% cumulative yield from glucose to FDCA. No sugar separation is needed any more in their process.

Metgen has also developed an enzyme and a process facilitating activation, disruption and increased solubility of lignin from pulp and paper mills. Metzyme* LIGNO fractionates the bulk of industrial lignin at fully soluble conditions without using a mediator. Process is in the course of being scaled-up.

Valorization of lignin enables entire industries and certainly the second gen bio-refineries. Metgen is opened to partnerships to make this happen at industrial scale.