Enzymes for Industrial Applications

Eric Eichhorn, Givaudan


"Biocatalysis needs both new and improved enzymes in order to be competitive and useable as a complementary tool to chemistry in chemical synthesis. Versatility, availability and process robustness of enzymes are key criteria. Focus needs to be made on enzymes classes that are not yet applicable at large scale because of being more challenging than those already applied. Access to ready-to-use and stable enzymes of all classes for synthetic purposes is required. Competitiveness in price is critical to allow application of enzymes e.g. in the F&F industry where cost targets are very different from cost targets in the Pharmaceutical industry."


Thu 5 Feb 2015, 09:30:

Laccases in the Flavour and Fragrance industry

  • Biosynthetic pathways to terpenoids : target molecules in the F&F industry
  • White biotechnology applied to Fragrance research
  • Oxidation of terpene molecules with laccases : recent achievements at Givaudan



  • Since 2008 at Givaudan Schweiz AG (Dübendorf, CH), Fragrance Research, heading the Laboratory for Biocatalysis and Biotransformations (Senior Research Scientist)
  • Project leader at Lonza (Visp, CH): biocatalysis (2006-2008)
  • Postdoctoral studies at ETH: Inst. of Microbiology (Prof. T. Leisinger), Inst. of Molecular biology and Biophysics (Prof. T. Richmond), Inst. of Biotechnology (Prof. B. Witholt): in the fields of microbial metabolism, protein crystallography and biotechnology (2000-2005)
  • PhD studies at ETH Zurich, Institute of Microbiology, Prof. T. Leisinger: Sulfur assimilation in E. coli (1996-2000)
  • Bioengineer’s degree, Ecole Supérieure de Biotechologie de Strasbourg (Upper Rhine Universities (EUCOR), 1995) with diploma thesis in biocatalysis at Lonza AG (Visp, CH)









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