Overview

OXIPRO is a four-year initiative funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme. It focuses on the development of novel enzymes - and specifically oxidoreductases - for environment-friendly consumer products. The project will contribute to the transition towards greener detergents, textiles, cosmetics and nutraceuticals by co-creating and co-developing an efficient oxidoreductase foundry under an interdisciplinary and systemic innovation approach, integrating high-performance computing and cutting-edge biotechnology.

The OXIPRO Concept

The Consumer Groups

Biotechnology is a key enabler of European industrial competitiveness, providing new products and creating new jobs, while increasing sustainability and circularity. An increasing number of European consumers (61%) are concerned about the state of the environment, and particularly carbon emissions. Eco-conscious consumers care mostly about the four consumer product groups described here. These are some of the challenges:

Textiles

The textile industry is under pressure to radically reduce its extensive use of energy, water, and chemicals. Clothes account for 2-10% of the environmental impact of EU consumption.

Cosmetics-Sunscreen

The non-sustainable use of  chemicals and botanical extracts used as protective ingredients against the rising level of airborne oxide pollutants is critical.

Detergents

With energy-saving through laundering at low washing temperatures, the formations of microbial biofilms on fabric is a growing problem with the risk of pathogen infections.

Nutraceuticals

The processing of fish for human consumption leads to 50-70% yields ending up as low-value by-products for use in non-food applications.


Common to the industries behind the consumer product groups listed above is a strong incentive to increase sustainability, while capitalising on new consumer trends. These developments have contributed to the rapid growth in the market for novel enzymes and their use in greener industrial and speciality applications.