Industrial Biotechnology

Industrial biotechnology can be simply defined as the exploitation of enzymes, microorganisms, and plants to produce energy, industrial chemicals and consumer goods. It is an industrial paradigm based on the expectation that renewable plant-derived carbohydrates, lipids and other compounds can displace a significant fraction of petroleum and other fossil fuels that are currently the raw material and energy basis of modern industrial societies. The objective is to develop biotechnology approaches that will yield 'green' industrial processes that are cost effective and sustainable.