News 2011 › 2011-01-27
MetGen wins Eurecan European Venture Contest
Enzyme specialist, MetGen, has won the cleantech category of the Eurecan European Venture Contest 2010. The winner was chosen from submissions from 449 ICT, cleantech, and health care companies from 24 European countries, which were reviewed by a team of over 120 experts online and at face-to-face meetings.
MetGen’s novel laccase enzymes make existing lignocellulose treatment processes faster, cleaner, and more efficient in the pulp and paper industry, for example; and are also used in wastewater treatment and producing second-generation bioethanol from cellulosic biomass.
In the pulp and paper industry, MetGen’s laccase mediator system (LMS) results in reduced energy consumption, increased mill throughput, enhanced paper strength properties, fewer pitch problems, improved yield, and a lower overall level of environmental impact.
MetGen-produced laccase offers a cost-effective way to remove lignin, a major contributor to high levels of COD in mill effluent, as well as phenol. High levels of COD and phenol are a problem for both pulp and paper mills and biofuel production facilities.