Tate & Lyle PLC has announced a new partnership with Zymtronix, developer of enzyme immobilization technologies. As a part of the deal, Tate & Lyle will invest in Zymtronix’s enzyme immobilization platform, which will enable the U.S.-based company to scale up its production.

According to the press release, Zymtronix’s enzyme immobilization platform “helps to transform ingredient manufacturing by improving the productivity of biocatalysis. This is achieved through the immobilization of enzymes onto magnetic metamaterials to increase the efficiency and sustainability of enzyme-based industrial processes.”

The technology, originating from Cornell University, has broad applications in the food and beverage, flavor and fragrances, pharmaceutical, chemical, and agricultural industries. Tate & Lyle’s investment will enable it to improve and innovate upon Zymtronix’s technology, and ultimately scale up the platform to support process scale production. Zymtronix is initially working with Tate & Lyle to improve the use of enzymes in the production of certain ingredients and improve cost efficiency.

As part of the partnership, Michael Harrison, retired chief technology officer of Tate & Lyle, will join the board of Zymtronix, aiding the company with his experience within the food and beverage ingredients market.

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