The new wave in bio-based materials
Maximum value from lignin with industry-specific fractions
26th February 2019
PIONEERS IN INDUSTRIAL ENZYMES
FOR LIGNOCELLULOSIC BIOMASS
SHAPING THE FUTURE
OF RENEWABLE CHEMICALS
LEADING THE WAY THROUGH
We are empowering industries to get most out of biomass through enzymatic solutions
PULP, PAPER &
MetZyme® Solutions can help an individual mill save millions of euros a year in energy savings alone. Much more – often additional – benefits such as reduced chemical usage and improved fibre quality can also be achieved. Please, take a look at our portfolio.
MetZyme® Solutions – such as SUNO™ and PURECO™ – aim to revolutionize the production of bio-based chemicals by improving the productivity and economics of various processing steps. Our objective is sustainable bio-economy utilizing all the processing streams – and always an affordable overall process for our customers.
MetZymes® provide an excellent tool-set to break down inhibitors and lignin recalcitrance that reduce the efficiency of water treatment and biogas processes alike. Our ability to address the soluble lignin, other phenolic compounds, and micro-pollutants make our solutions truly unique.
MetGen continuously develops new enzymes for challenging applications to complement and improve the strong value proposition to the selected industries. We go all-out to be your preferred partner for collaboration – Let’s find a new enzymatic solution for your process!
Alex is a founder and CEO of MetGen since 2008. A serial entrepreneur, Alex has over 15 years of international experience in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and cleantech industries.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of HyTest (Finland), a leading supplier of reagents for the in-vitro diagnostic market. Alex received his MBA from the Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland in 2005.
Klara has been the head of MetGen’s R&D since its foundation in 2008, and an inventor of MetGen IP. Klara holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, published over 15 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals.
Klara’s previous international career in academic and industrial institutions in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology provides deep knowledge in genetic engineering, molecular evolution, and protein science.
Matti has an MBA and a biotechnology engineering degree from Turku University of Applied Sciences. Matti has more than a decade of experience in industrial biotechnology, starting with Genencor/DuPont.
During his career, he has had various international leadership roles and organizational development responsibilities.
Sami-Pekka has B.Sc. in engineering and a degree in marketing. He has more than two decades of experience in serving pulp and paper industry. During this time he has been holding various management positions in sales organizations of chemical solution providers.
In the Sales Director role, Sami-Pekka is introducing MetGen’s enzymatic solutions – MetZymes® – to the industry and providing application knowledge to the customers.
Application Team Leader
Antoine holds a Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of Turku, Finland and is fully armed to cover the panel of methods used at MetGen to answer customer’s needs.
As the head of the application testing group Antoine assesses the full benefits of using MetZyme® in customer driven projects.
Solution Development Manager
Toni has a degree in biotech engineering from Turku University of Applied Science.
Toni has more than a decade of experience in fermentation and enzyme application development, high throughput screening and a wide range of sample analyses. In his Product development role, he is a key-person in MetGen application team, helping the customer hands-on and bringing biotechnical insight to on-site trials.
MetGen’s enzymatic solutions – marketed under registered trademark MetZyme® – provide large industry sectors with a wide range of environmental benefits.
While fulfilling customers’ (otherwise unmet) performance requirements, at cost points in-line with more established enzyme peers, MetGen’s solutions provide a broad range of sustainability and operational benefits, in particular, energy savings, higher yields, improved product and less waste.
In pulp and paper, MetZyme® boosts profitability and sustainability by reducing energy and chemical consumption as well as improving end-product quality. At the same time, the impact in carbon footprint is significant. Enzymatic technologies are a natural way to reduce dependence on harsh chemicals or over – processing while improving the process – economically, technologically, and environmentally.
MetGen’s enzymes contribute to the development of affordable sugars and renewable biochemicals from cellulosic feedstock. On its part, MetGen paves the way towards affordable 2nd generation biofuels and bio-based chemicals, hence enabling a paradigm shift in the chemical industry to move away from petroleum and change over to renewable biomass.
Lignocellulosic biomass – a variety of non-edible, woody materials – is the largest renewable reservoir of fermentable carbohydrates, aromatic compounds, and other chemical building blocks. It is composed of cellulose and hemicellulose embedded in lignin. The MetGen technology platform enables further improvements in the bioconversion of all parts of lignocellulosic biomass into value-added chemicals, including biofuels.
We at MetGen thrive to minimize the environmental footprint and reduce our customers’ dependence on fossil fuels by increasing production yields with reduced costs and energy consumption – making more out of less.
MetZyme® is a label of Quality & Sustainability.
Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
As a solution provider, MetGen is an enabler of improved sustainability across its served value chains, and fully embraces this role. In November 2016 MetGen had a cradle-to-gate life cycle analysis (LCA) review completed by Gaia Consulting, based on ISO-14040 & 14044. This effort reflects MetGen’s ambitions to improve and facilitate environmental impact assessments and decision-making for companies using their enzymes. Gaia conducted the analysis on two customer cases:
Example 1: Thermomechanical pulping
- Energy intensity of TMP primary refining was reduced by 12.5% when refining to a constant target freshness in a mill trial using MetGen enzymes.
- As such, the CO2 emission intensity dropped 84kg/ton refined. This means an annual CO2 emissions reduction of 25,000 tons for a mill with a yearly production of 300,000 tons.
- In addition, relevant favorable fibre properties were also analyzed.
Example 2: Tissue production
- Production efficiency was increased by 8% due to an increase in the speed of the paper machine as well as lower break time, without any increase in drying temperatures.
- As such, the lower specific energy consumption, per MT produced, allows a reduction in CO2 emissions in the same proportion.