BASF creates and produces high performance enzyme products that meet high-value commercial needs. Our world-class R&D organization is renowned for its ability to rapidly screen, identify and express enzymes that are catalysts for a broad range of chemical reactions.
Enzymes are specialized proteins that speed up (catalyze) chemical reactions in every living organism. Without enzymes, biological processes would occur much too slowly to sustain life. Enzymes are so powerful that one single enzyme can process up to one million molecules every second. Since enzymes are found in every living thing, microbes all over the world are an unparalleled source of diversity for enzyme discovery.
The source material for industrial products comes from all over the planet. Through generations of natural selection, microbes have developed broad and varied characteristics which allow them to survive in diverse and often hostile ecosystems, from volcanoes and deep-sea hydrothermal vents to rain forests, soda lakes, deserts and bitterly cold tundra. Because harsh temperatures and pH conditions in some environments often mimic those found in today's industrial processes, microbes are a rich source of material for our current and new potential products.