Carbios and Carbiolice sign joint development agreement with Novozymes

Novozymes will produce Carbios' enzymes, supplying Carbiolice.

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January 30, 2019

Carbios, headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, has announced a joint development agreement among itself, enzymes producer Novozymes and Carbios’ subsidiary, Carbiolice.

Under the terms of this multiyear agreement, Novozymes will upscale and produce Carbios' proprietary enzymes, with the company committing to becoming the long-term exclusive supplier of plastics degrading enzymes to Carbiolice, a subsidiary of Carbios. This collaboration aims to make single-use plastics environmentally friendly and cost competitive, Carbios says in the news release announcing the agreement.

Carbiolice, the joint-venture created by Carbios, Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients and Bpifrance (France's sovereign wealth fund), will produce and commercialize a new generation of products enabling single-use plastics to be fully biodegradable in any environmental condition, Carbios says.

The range of commercial applications the companies are targeting includes grocery and retail bags, rigid and flexible packaging, disposable tableware and agricultural mulch films.  

Carbios says it will be entitled to receive royalty payments from Carbiolice as of the commercial launch, which is expected in 2020.

Jens Kolind, vice president of technical industries at Novozymes, comments, “We are excited to be part of this joint collaboration where we work together on finding biological solutions to answer one of the biggest challenges of our time.”

Jean-Claude Lumaret, CEO of Carbios, adds, “The market of single-use plastics raises major environmental concerns, and our sustainable and inventive approach is now opening huge opportunities to fulfil industrials’ and consumers’ demand while fighting the threat of plastic pollution. We are proud of this partnership with the world-leading enzymes producer Novozymes that gives us the strength to launch at large-scale the most advanced eco-friendly solution for the biodegradation of plastics.”

Nadia Auclair, CEO of Carbiolice, adds, “This major agreement with Novozymes secures our long-term supply of enzymes to move from traditional manufacturing to sustainable solutions that meet strong market demand. Today, we are proud to make of our solution, an industrial and commercial reality.”

Since Carbios was founded in 2011, the company has developed two industrial-scale biological processes to breakdown and recycle polymers. The company founded the joint venture Carbiolice in 2016 in partnership with Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients and the SPI fund, run by Bpifrance. This company, in which Carbios holds a controlling share, will market the first technology licensed by Carbios by producing enzyme pellets used in the production of biodegradable and biosourced plastics.