The success of our industrialization model lies in our ability to build strategic partnerships.
In 2017, Carbios and L’Oréal co-founded a consortium to industrialize the recycling technology designed and developed by Carbios. Committed to developing innovative solutions for sustainable development, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe joined this consortium in April 2019 to promote the circular economy of plastics thanks to Carbios’ disruptive technology. The Consortium’s partners aim to industrialize Carbios’ technology and thus increase the availability of high-quality recycled plastics. As part of this collaboration, technical steps and support are planned to ensure a good supply of 100% recycled PET plastics worldwide.
In 2020, Carbios signed an exclusive co-development agreement with Novozymes, the world leader in enzyme production. This collaboration guarantees the production of the proprietary enzyme for PET degradation during the demonstration and industrial deployment phases.
Since February 2017, Carbios and Technip Energies (formerly TechnipFMC), world leader in engineering in the areas of energy, chemistry and bio-sourced industries, have collaborated on the industrial development of Carbios’ PET enzymatic recycling process. Carbios is also supported and advised by Technip Energies for the engineering and construction oversight of its demonstration plant.
Since its creation, Carbios has demonstrated its commitment to working closely with academics to conduct its research and development program. The Company collaborates with leading academic teams in the fields of microbiology, enzymology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, bioprocesses and polymer chemistry, and in particular with teams from the TBI laboratory, a public laboratory for research under the triple supervision of CNRS, INRAE and INSA Toulouse. The strengthening of the Company’s portfolio of innovations in development is partly the result of these collaborations and demonstrates the success of our commitment to partnership projects.
In 2020, Carbios announced the set-up of a new strategic alliance with INSA Toulouse through its TBI laboratory to have access to an internationally recognized enzymatic engineering research center working on plastic recycling and biosynthesis. This laboratory, called PoPLaB (Plastic Polymers and Biotechnologies) thus gives a new dimension to its research activities by reinforcing the internalization of its work. It is the culmination of seven years of scientific collaboration that resulted in the publication in the prestigious journal Nature of the work carried out with TBI in 2020.
Research within PoPLaB focuses on enzymes as well as on the enzyme / polymer interface, thus developing fundamental and applied research activities dedicated to biocatalysis. The research is divided into several areas:
- Discovery of new environmental enzymes capable of depolymerizing plastics
- Characterization of enzymatic performances with respect to the application objective
- Enzymatic engineering to improve their performance (activity, thermostability, yields), with the “rational enzymatic engineering” and “random enzymatic engineering” teams.
- Performance validation during scaling up
Carbios is also a sponsor of the INSA Toulouse Foundation, which makes a significant contribution to the training and international outreach of students and scientific executives with the creation of a program backed by the “Biotechnologies and Environment” Chair.