To speeed up the development of innovations and solutions based on sustainable chemistry, Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) has opened in Brazil its first fully dedicated Industrial Biotechnology Laboratory. The Paulinia-based laboratory will be focused on researching new processes and molecules derived from biomass, which is mostly plant or vegetable based and widely available in Brazil because of its favorable climate and vast surface.
“With this laboratory Solvay can further nourish its innovation portfolio, using renewable resources, with tailored solutions to meet sustainability demands from customers in multiple end-markets,” said Louis Neltner, Solvay's Research & Innovation Group General Manager. “Thanks to Brazil’s wide variety of biomass, competitive agricultural businesses and biotech expertise the country has all the required conditions to develop and grow products and solutions based on renewable resources.”
Researchers at the lab will collaborate with Solvay’s Global Business Units within its research and innovation centers worldwide along with public and private institutions. Some of the research programs will include projects in flavors, fragrances, surfactants, cellulose derivatives and solvents.