What's the Problem?
Surfactants are key ingredients to reduce the surface tension of different phases allowing the fabrication of diverse commercial products ranging from cleaning to food. However, 90% of the surfactant market comes from petroleum, making them toxic and non-biodegradable. Sustainable alternatives for surfactants, like bacterial rhamnolipids, have not achieved their industrial application due to their higher price and low performance. There is an urgent need for high-performance biosurfactants which can satisfy industrial requirements.
How are they Solving it?
We produced high-performance sophorolipids, a new type of fungal biosurfactant in a scalable and profitable way. Our technology is based on a robust fungus not previously reported in commercial biotech applications and 100% isolated by our research team. Our technology is superior in three key aspects: The fungus is safe, non-GMO, and highly tolerant to different culture conditions. The process is a highly scalable liquid state fermentation, at low cost, with few purification steps, and with a circularity approach. The performance of our biosurfactants is superior to commercial alternatives because it is empowering with natural enzymes.