The Fourth Wave of Biocatalysis Emerges- The 13 th International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Biotransformations

Chembiochem. 2018 Feb 16;19(4):284-287. doi: 10.1002/cbic.201700687. Epub 2018 Jan 16.


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.

Publication types

  • Congress
  • Editorial
  • Introductory Journal Article

MeSH terms

  • Biocatalysis*
  • Biotransformation*
  • Enzymes / metabolism*
  • Enzymes, Immobilized / metabolism
  • Protein Engineering
  • Small Molecule Libraries / chemistry
  • Small Molecule Libraries / metabolism


  • Enzymes
  • Enzymes, Immobilized
  • Small Molecule Libraries