Worldwide demand for detergent alcohols – essential performance ingredients in consumer products such as shampoos and laundry detergents – is currently $6 billion and expected to reach $8 billion by 2020. Today’s detergent alcohols are produced from costly and unsustainable palm kernel oil or petroleum.
Our CodeXol™ detergent alcohol products are being developed to offer this global industry sustainable and cost-effective alternatives, by replacing petroleum and palm kernel oil with sustainable raw materials from biomass.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy predicts that worldwide demand for energy will rise by more than 50% by 2035. Demand for petroleum and other liquid fuels will increase by 27 million barrels per day during that time.
To address this global market, Codexis is developing advanced liquid transportation fuels based on non-food cellulosic feedstocks in partnership with Shell, the world’s largest distributor of biofuels. Codexis is also working with Raízen, Brazil’s largest sugar and ethanol producer, to increase ethanol yields.
Cost Effective Pharmaceutical Enzymes & Intermediates
Codexis markets pharmaceutical enzymes and intermediates to global pharmaceutical manufacturers and is working with more than 50 pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Codexis customers including Merck and Pfizer use Codexis enzymes to speed development processes, increase purity, lower production costs and reduce toxic waste. In many cases, our customers can avoid significant capital expenditures required by alternative manufacturing routes.
Renewable Bioindustrial Enzymes
High performance cellulase enzymes are in demand in the fuels, chemicals and industrial products markets for cost effective manufacturing of renewable products from biomass. In 2011, Codexis announced the first scale up of the company’s proprietary cellulase enzymes at commercial scale. These enzymes are used to convert non-food biomass to fermentable sugars, which can ultimately be converted to sustainable products including biofuels and household goods.