Oxford Biotrans

Oxford Biotrans was spun out of the University of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry in 2013 to develop enzymatic approaches for the production of high-value chemical compounds.

The Company has exclusive licenses covering a library of cytochrome P450 enzymes that catalyse chemical reactions, generating products considered ‘natural’ by regulators. Oxford Biotrans’ lead product is nootkatone, a high-value flavour and fragrance (F&F) component of grapefruit that the Company derives from valencene, a commodity compound extracted from oranges. In the long term the Company aims to expand from F&F into the high-value pharma and agrochemical markets.

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