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Protein Engineering: Shaping the Future of Bioscience

July 08, 2024

Protein engineering is a cornerstone of modern biotechnology. By engineering proteins and microbial metabolic pathways, IFF can produce enzymes, proteins, and other biomolecules at an industrial scale, which is essential for developing sustainable solutions for consumer products across various industries.

Proteins are the workhorses of our cells, performing a vast array of functions that keep us alive and healthy. But what if we could design proteins to do even more? That’s where protein engineering comes in. It’s a bit like being a molecular architect, tweaking the structure of proteins to enhance their natural abilities or give them entirely new functions.

  • What Are Proteins? Proteins are made up of long chains of amino acids, which fold into complex shapes that determine their function. Think of them as tiny machines inside your body.
  • The Art of Protein Engineering By changing the sequence of amino acids, scientists can alter the protein’s shape and function. This can lead to breakthroughs in industrial products, medicine, and agriculture. 
  • Real-World Applications  At IFF, enzyme solutions aim to reinvent industrial processes through biobased and sustainable enzymatic remediation. Enzymes enable safer, faster, and more sustainable processes, replacing harsh chemicals. These enzymes are engineered for optimal performance.  Examples of enzymes in application include home care like cold  water laundry, dish detergent performance enhancers and food and beverage ingredients.
  • The Future of Protein Engineering As we continue to understand more about how proteins work, we’ll be able to create even more amazing and useful proteins. It’s a field that’s just starting to bloom, and it holds the promise of a healthier, more sustainable future.

Stay tuned to see what incredible innovations come next!