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Florida biotech firm develops new enzyme for making thinner, stronger paper

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Florida biotech firm develops new enzyme for making thinner, stronger paper

May 08, 2012 - 12:22
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JUPITER, FL, May 8, 2012 (Local News) -Dyadic's new enzyme degrades plant fibers during the paper-making process to make thinner, stronger products using fewer trees.

CEO Mark Emalfarb says the Jupiter-based company manipulates a patented fungus through its technology to create commercially viable enzymes. The company went biotech nearly 20 years ago, starting with an enzyme that produced "stone-washed" jeans, because Emalfarb's company had been supplying pumice stone to clothing manufacturers. Now the company's technology is based on a fungus found in the eastern Russian soil called Myceliopthora thermophila.

The "jeans to genes" transformation, as Emalfarb puts it, opened a world of biobusiness for the 33-year-old firm.

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