Ride the wave! Biocatalysis uses nature's catalysts, enzymes and whole cell systems, for synthetic purposes. In a biotransformation, the biocatalyst transforms a well-defined substrate to the desired product, in contrast to the fermentation process, which produces the desired product from a complex mixture of nutrients. Biocatalysis has reached an industrially established level through several waves of technological evolution; participants of the BioTrans 2017 conference in Budapest could witness the newest wave of this technology.
Keywords: asymmetric synthesis; biocatalysis; biotransformations; protein engineering; structural biology.
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