At the end of May, the first (partially) physical project meeting of the EU-funded FuturEnzyme project took place in Madrid. Many project partners met for the first time face-to-face and followed closely the two days of presentations on the progress during the first year of the project. Researchers in the project work to identify, express, improve, and exploit new low-cost enzymes for greener products in the cosmetic, detergent, and textile sectors. During the meeting, they learnt that bulky waste is a good spot to find plastic-degrading enzymes, how supercomputers can not only detect enzyme candidates but also predict their expression, and how innovative process solutions can massively increase the lifetime of enzymes.
CLIB presented the current status of the work package on formulation and manufacturing of the desired consumer products. We also elaborated the future strategy on the communication and exploitation of project results. Therefore, regular meetings with the industry project partners will be implemented in the coming months. CSIC and CLIB also led an interactive workshop to understand the partners’ aims within the project and to set up the basis for a structured exploitation plan.
Beside the development of the project, the meeting was a great opportunity to connect to the project partners and to enjoy Spanish cuisine during a joint dinner at a roof-top restaurant.
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