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Board of Directors visit Codexis

November 11, 2014

Last Thursday, the Codexis team was honored to have four members of our board of directors join us for a Q&A lunch, organized by board member and CEO John Nicols. The lunch was held at Codexis’ corporate office in Redwood City.  In addition to John, the other board members in attendance were Byron Dorgan, Thomas... Read More

Kayla Drake (Marketing & Social Media Associate)

Merck and Codexis receive 2014 Thomas Edison Patent Award

November 7, 2014

Merck Research Laboratories, Merck & Co., and Codexis inventors Chris Savile, Emily Mundorff, Jeffrey C. Moore, Paul N. Devine, and Jacob M. Janey received a 2014 Thomas Edison Patent Award together for the groundbreaking Transaminase Biocatalysts invention, which was developed by Codexis and Merck scientists for production of Merck’s diabetes drug, Januvia®. The 2014 Thomas... Read More

Scientist at Codexis (Scientist)

Biochemistry Scientist at Codexis

Directed evolution of an ultrastable carbonic anhydrase for highly efficient carbon capture from flue gas

November 4, 2014

Title: Directed evolution of an ultrastable carbonic anhydrase for highly efficient carbon capture from flue gas http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/10/29/1411461111.abstract Abstract: Carbonic anhydrase (CA) is one of nature’s fastest enzymes and can dramatically improve the economics of carbon capture under demanding environments such as coal-fired power plants. The use of CA to accelerate carbon capture is limited by... Read More

Oscar Alvizo (Bioinformatics Scientist)

Gjalt Huisman, Codexis, receives industrial biocatalysis award

September 22, 2014

Gjalt Huisman of Codexis was awarded the “Biocat Award 2014 for Industrial Research” for his contributions in the field of industrial biocatalysis, at biocat2014, the 7th International Congress on Biocatalysis, held from August 31st to September 4th in Hamburg, Germany, The Biocat Awards are awarded to scientists to acknowledge their research achievements in the field of biocatalysis.... Read More

Kate (Director, Notch Communications)

Applications of Biocatalysis: Biosensors

September 17, 2014

Biocatalysis is a continually growing field with new applications constantly being discovered. One application that is predicted to be an especially prolific industry is the production of biosensors. The term biosensor is used to describe a device that converts biological activity, such as an enzyme reaction, into an electrical signal that can be analysed. 1... Read More

Gabriella Knowler (BSc Genetics Undergraduate, University of Manchester)

In Memoriam, Professor Carlos F. Barbas III, PhD

August 18, 2014

In June, we lost a creative and prolific scientist in the field of Catalytic Antibodies and Chemocatalysis.  Professor Carlos F. Barbas of the The Scripps Research Institute passed away at the age of 49, after a fight with a rare form of thyroid cancer. A Memorial Symposium was held at Scripps last week, with scientific... Read More

Jim Lalonde (VP of Research & Development)

Enhanced Directed Evolution Of Enzymes

August 12, 2014

Directed evolution is a hugely powerful protein-engineering tool that is used in all manner of areas such as industry, medicine and agriculture. Directed evolution technologies have been critical in reducing the timescales and investment required for enzyme optimization programs. Other enzyme technologies are also being investigated for commercial manufacturing, as organizations look for further ways... Read More

Scientist at Codexis (Scientist)

Biochemistry Scientist at Codexis

Nanotechnology + Biocatalysis = Nanobiocatalysts

June 26, 2014

This week saw the second annual graphene summit hosted by the birthplace of graphene, the University of Manchester. For two days companies from all over the world gathered to discuss the applications and the future of graphene. The industry applications of biocatalysis however are well known. Both the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries have taken... Read More

Gabriella Knowler (BSc Genetics Undergraduate, University of Manchester)

Approach to Vernakalent

June 20, 2014

We recently posted on the power of enzymes for effecting Dynamic Kinetic Resolution reactions. Another impressive example of DKR via transamination has been published by the Process Chemistry group at Merck  (Limanto, J. Ashley, E. R.; Yin, J.; Beutner, G. L.; Grau, B. T.; Kassim, A. M.; Kim, M. M.; Klapars, A.; Liu, Z.; Strotman,... Read More

Greg Hughes (VP Alliance & New Product Development)

Green Make-up

June 12, 2014

The world we live in sees an ever-increasing demand for cosmetics. Central Europe alone is predicted to have a 2.8% growth rate increase in 2014 with a further predicted development pace of 4-5% in following years. In other regions, such as India, the world of cosmetics is set to take off with exponential growth in... Read More

James Nuttall (Former Research Scientist)

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