At a glance
Recognition materials with strong added-‐value
Various industries are faced with the challenge of detecting, transforming, recovering and removing specifically target compounds from different fluids, and are lacking simple, cost-efficient, and fast methods to perform such tasks. Whether to remove lactose from milk, bisphenolA from wastewater, detect viruses in water, or transform lignin into valuable products, INOFEA's platform technology provides the industry with recyclable solutions exhibiting remarkable efficiency.
INOFEA is a Swiss high-tech spin-off based in Basel and active in the design, production, and business development of innovative materials. These nanomaterials exhibit remarkable recognition properties and can easily be embedded in high-value industrial applications and products. From armored enzymes to silica-based virus imprints, we can custom design the efficient solution for your industrial requirements.
Our most mature product is a formulation of immobilized enzymes onto non-toxic nanomaterial, which we refer to as nanobiocatalysts. Enzyme immobilization provides a huge added-value in terms of sustained activity and possible recyclability. In addition to immobilization, the INOFEA's enzyme-protection proprietary technology, allow the enhancement of the enzymatic activity toward chaotropic agents, including solvents, temperature and pH changes. Results showed that protected enzyme are 10 times more stable compared with the free enzyme. With a recently developed proprietary technology, INOFEA is also able to produce these nanobiocatalysts at industrial scale.
INOFEA’s technology is available for adaptation to enzymes of interest, in relevant industrial solutions (magnetic carrier material or embedding of the protected enzymes into a cartridge, to name but a few). The proprietary technology is open to application specific license.
INOFEA partners in a EUROSTARS project
INOFEA is partnering with VEOLIA (world leader for environmental services), ENVOLURE (French spin-off developing environmental analytical kits) and the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) in the ENVIRUS Eurostars project with the objective of developing a kit to detect viruses in water.
INOFEA partners in a FP7 project
INOFEA is partnering with a total of 17 partners in a EU-India financed KBBE Program entitled Water4Crops with the objective of developing sustainable water reuse processes. INOFEA's contribution consists in the industrial scale production of nano-immobilized enzymes used for easy and efficient wastewater treatment.
INOFEA in the CTI start-up program, phase 3
INOFEA has entered the CTI start-up program in 2011 and has now reached the phase 3, with the objective of obtaining the CTI label in 2013.