Conclusion Of Green Chemistry

It is interesting to speculate on the development of such a focused biocatalysis-based chemical industry. It is likely that at least one more decade will pass before a significant biocatalysis-driven company emerges. A very important attribute of such a company will be the ability of management not to be side-tracked by nonissues, examples of which are:

• Toxic compounds: educts, products

• Polar, apolar, mixed-phase biotransformation media

• Reactor systems: batch or continuous

• Product recovery: batch or integrated

• Waste handling

• Geopolitics

• Biosafety regulation

What will matter is the extent to which a biocatalysis company manages to focus on the market, on the development of biocatalysts to address market needs, and on the ability to compare the potential of biocatalysts and chemical alternatives. Finally, it is possible to list some of the properties of that company that is likely to emerge as the premier biocatalysis company in the next decade:

• Understands the chemicals market

• Solid experience in synthetic chemistry: deep understanding of its potentials and limitations

• Biocatalyst and process development: done by organic chemists, chemical engineers, as well as molecular biologists

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