Blog | 08.01.2024

Cell-Free Biocatalysts: The catalyst for rapid industrial change

The key to unlocking rapid industrial change

Cell-free biocatalysts offer a compelling alternative to the microorganism-based approaches described in Part 1 – presenting a suite of advantages that align perfectly with the time-sensitive demands of the climate crisis.

These are:

Speed of Implementation: Cell-free systems can be rapidly engineered and optimized, enabling quick response to changing market demands and sustainability goals. This agility is essential in our race against time to curb climate change.

Tailored Efficiency: Enzymes, the driving force behind cell-free biocatalysts, can be selected, engineered and fine-tuned to achieve unparalleled levels of efficiency in converting feedstocks into valuable products.

Sustainable High-Volume Production: Startups like EnzymeWorks, ProSynth, and NanoBioChem are already making strides in leveraging cell-free biocatalysts for sustainable high-volume product manufacturing, demonstrating the feasibility of this approach.

Reduced Environmental Footprint: The streamlined nature of cell-free systems translates to reduced resource consumption, minimised waste generation, and ultimately, a smaller ecological footprint compared to traditional microorganism-based processes.

As the world faces the immediate challenges posed by the climate crisis, innovative technologies like cell-free biocatalysts emerge as powerful solutions that can drive rapid, sustainable change.

What this means

While microorganisms have played a pivotal role in biotechnology, their limitations hinder their effectiveness in meeting the pressing demands of the present times. The promising attributes of cell-free biocatalysts, including lower CAPEX and OPEX costs, robust scalability, enhanced feedstock conversion efficiency and higher throughput, position them as the true champions of a sustainable future. Startups are increasingly recognizing the potential of cell-free systems, signaling a paradigm shift towards innovative and agile approaches to address our environmental concerns.

The road ahead may be challenging, but cell-free biocatalysts pave the way for a future that aligns with both our planet’s needs and our time-sensitive goals.


Grant Aarons

CEO, Founder

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