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The flavour and scent of grapefruit

Oxford Biotrans utilises a proprietary P450 enzyme to transform valencene to natural-grade nootkatone - the scent and flavour of grapefruit. It can substitute chemically synthesized nootkatone which needs inefficient and resource intensive processing, and it is a more secure alternative to grapefruit-sourced nootkatone. The SuperBIO value chain consists of Wacker Chemie AG, a German specialty chemicals provider and De Monchy Aromatics, a manufacturer of flavour and fragrance ingredients.

Funding from SuperBIO has enabled Oxford Biotrans to both accelerate our scale-up to commercial levels, while at the same time reinforcing our supply chain. The results from the project are even now adding to the value and breadth of our enzyme-based, Industrial Biotechnology platform.
— Matthew Hodges (Oxford Biotrans)