All that science does for us
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Monday 20th May 2019
Doors Open 18:30 | Event 19:00 - 22:00
Cafe The Crown
Gedempte Zuiderdiep 2, 9711 HG 

Enzymes producing chemicals: from discovery to application

Enzymes are known as Nature’s own catalyst, speeding up the chemistry of life. Nearly all biological processes within a cell depend upon one or more enzymes. For example, enzymes fulfill a crucial role in human metabolism, neurotransmission and the immune system. It is therefore safe to say that without enzymes life would be impossible. In addition to their biological role, there is growing interest to use enzymes for biotechnological applications. Here, I will talk about the importance of enzymes within biotechnology.

Edwin van Bloois

Project manager

University of Groningen

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A hitchhiker's Guide to Enzyme Design and Engineering

Enzymes are awesome catalysts that accelerate the vast majority of transformations that make life possible. Enzymatic rate accelerations are unmatched by chemical catalysts and can operate in water under benign conditions. Harnessing even a fraction of their catalytic power for both biomedical and industrial applications is therefore an enticing prospect that has fuelled efforts to tailor the activities of existing enzymes, and more ambitiously,
to create new activities.

Clemens Mayer

Assistant Professor

University of Groningen