About CCBIO

The Competence Center Biocatalysis (CCBIO) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) connects relevant research competences to facilitate the transfer of biocatalytic approaches from the laboratory bench to industrial application.

Structure

The Competence Center of Biocatalysis (CCBIO) was founded in January 2016 and is led by Dr. Rebecca Buller. CCBIO is embedded in the ZHAW and operates the platform Biocatalysis and Biosynthesis within the National Thematic Network (NTN) Swiss Biotech.

Within 2017 to 2020 CCBIO leads the network project «Innovation in Biocatalysis: A toolbox for sustainable bio-based production», a program supported by project contributions from the Swiss Higher Education Council.

Vision

The Competence Center for Biocatalysis (CCBIO) at the ZHAW promotes biocatalysis as a complementary method to classic organic synthesis and aims to help bridge the gap between academic laboratories and the production plant. By bundling the relevant research competences, CCBIO strives

to develop a comprehensive biocatalytic toolbox consisting of enzyme libraries and methods which will facilitate the development of biocatalytic and biosynthetic processes for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

Goals

  • Establish biocatalysis as an alternative to classical chemical synthesis
  • Develop a comprehensive biocatalytic toolbox consisting of enzyme libraries and methods
  • Facilitate the development of biocatalytic and biosynthetic processes for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
  • Establish a national platform for scientific knowledge transfer and dialog for participants from industry and academia
  • Strengthen the topic of biocatalysis within the teaching portfolio of Swiss Universities