Genencor International B.V. (part of the DuPont Industrial Biosciences Group) is a Dutch biotechnology company that develops and commercialises enzymes derived from (fungal) micro-organisms. The enzymes are applied by a wide range of industries in the house hold & personal care, bioethanol, bio-refineries, animal feed and food sector. GIBV is an active partner in R&D programs with different national and international companies, research institutes and universities. GIBV scientists and partners have developed and patented strains of the fungal micro-organism Myceliophthora thermophila C1 to rapidly discover and express both homologous and heterologous genes; and to manufacture novel enzymes encoded by those genes, using C1 as the host organism from beginning to end. Industrial strains of C1 have been developed and the full genome of C1 has been sequenced, which revealed many genes encoding biomass active enzymes including enzymes active on cellulose such as cellulases and carbohydrate oxidoreductases.
“The research for this work has received funding from the European Union (EU) project ROBOX (grant agreement n° 635734) under EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme Research and Innovation actions H2020-LEIT BIO-2014-1”
Robert Floor – lead researcher on ROBOX for Genencor International B.V.