Our first product will be natural-grade nootkatone made by biotransformation of natural valencene.
|Nootkatone||is the flavour and scent of grapefruit.|
|Valencene||is a citrus extract readily obtained from oranges. Since this is a naturally occurring material and since we convert it to nootkatone using an enzymatic process, our product is designated ‘natural’. Valencene is available from multiple sources so we are able to offer security of supply of our nootkatone product.|
We will exploit our novel approach to P450 enzyme design to develop further processes and deliver additional products.
Oxford Biotrans has already identified several further high-value flavour products, accessible via our technology, where the feedstock is a relatively low cost, natural material with ready availability. We intend to realise scalable, ‘green’, biocatalytic processes for these products.