Summary #1188

How Two Young Scientists Built A $250 Million Business Using Yeast To Clean Up Wastewater
  • Using enzymes (from cancer cells) that produce hydrogen peroxide, scientists created a technology that replaces phosphate-based cleaners.
  • They combined the hydrogen peroxide with other bio-based chemicals, and now they want to make biodegradable fertilizers - their company is called Solugen.
  • Their tech was already proven better than other products used in spa cleaning, disinfecting wipes, and wastewater treatments for oil-and-gas runoff.
  • Making their products emits less carbon dioxide compared to competition, and are sold at the same price.
  • The enzyme approach is quite novel, and now the Solugen team is investigating several new enzymes to try and create other chemicals.


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