As today’s chemicals industry reaches a major turning point in its history and focuses on more environmentally-responsible products and processes, the sustainability of tomorrow’s “green” chemistry nonetheless depends on its capacity to exploit the exceptional properties of natural biological catalysts - or enzymes - on an industrial scale. It will also depend on whether bioprocesses can be custom-designed from the outset to adapt enzyme properties to meet the competitive and performance requirements of manufacturers, and transform green chemistry into industrial reality. A pioneer and driving force in this transformation, CARBIOS’ expert knowledge and research into enzymes means it is able to offer manufacturers cutting-edge technologies and bioprocesses with a high value added.

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Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Ecology and Nature Protection
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

CARBIOS' ambition is to meet the three key performance criteria that shape today(s global industry

1.Environmental performance: by converting biomass upstream of the process and reinventing the lifecycle of products.

2.Technical performance: by guaranteeing breakthrough industrial technology.

3.Economic performance: by making biosourced polymers a competitive alternative to accelerate their penetration on the plastics market.

Innovation and the creation of value in the short and long term are CARBIOS’ core objectives. The company is currently developing a process for the control and security of innovation at every stage - from drawing board through to the completion of each industrial bioprocess - which systematically factors in the constraints linked to its applications.

To enhance the far-reaching expertise of its internal teams, CARBIOS has created its own “eco-system” of two complementary pools of partners: an academic network of renowned specialists in their field offering even greater potential for innovation, and a network of manufacturers that afford closer proximity with the market.

While CARBIOS has chosen to focus initially on the strategic field of plastics, other areas are also being researched.

Since it was founded, the Young Innovative Company (JEI) has benefited from the support of European venture capital firm, Truffle Capital.

Combining green chemistry with industrial reality

CARBIOS’ Code of Ethics and Business Conduct is a statement of its commitment to integrity and the highest ethical standards in all aspects of its activities, both within and outside of the company. It is a statement of its ambitions, values, duties and principles of excellence. Designed to reinforce the company’s corporate identity and unity, it applies across the board to all directors and all employees.

CARBIOS’ high ethical standards are dictated by the fundamental principles that must always guide the day-to-day behavior of its directors and employees, namely:

  • Compliance with all laws and regulations
  • Integrity
  • Loyalty
  • Honesty
  • Respect for others, their dignity and their well-being

But also:

  • The rejection of any form of discrimination
  • Absolute respect for the quality of working conditions
  • The protection of the environment
  • Respect for and the protection of the property of shareholders

Team spirit is vital and must be encouraged at all times to allow CARBIOS to act, innovate and create as well as strengthen the relations and synergies between its teams and partners.

The company is careful to apply the strictest level of professional equality at every stage in the careers of its staff, and to ensure everyone is given the same opportunities based on objective criteria. Impartial and transparent decisions and choices must be a constant priority.

Committed to developing the lasting relationships built on trust that are so vital to its success, CARBIOS seeks to forge balanced and transparent relations with the academic world and industry alike. The strictest level of confidentiality and professional secrecy is applied in every area and at every level to safeguard the rights of its partners and the company itself.

Its constant quest for the creation of value, to improve its profitability and to cement its financials are the foundations for its lasting autonomy and sustainability.

R&D at CARBIOS is focused on the creation of industrial value, on spearheading new concepts and cementing innovation to develop high-performance and competitive industrial bioprocesses using enzymes.

Drawing upon a unique combination of internal expertise (microbiology, molecular biology, enzymology, polymer chemistry and bioprocesses, etc.) and outside specialists from the academic and industrial worlds, CARBIOS’ R&D strategy is aimed at offering manufacturers “turn-key” biological processes.

CARBIOS’ proprietary and collaborative R&D programmes have led to the creation of innovative industrial concepts and the development of related bioprocesses.  The company’s goal is to license high-performance and competitive bioprocesses to key industrial players that are able to introduce this innovation on attractive markets and exploit its full potential.

Aware of the importance of guaranteeing its industrial partners exclusive use and the freedom to fully exploit its innovative technology, CARBIOS’ intellectual property is a core part of its strategy to develop and create value.

Backed by the solid experience in economic intelligence and intellectual property of its internal teams, the company has always adhered to a proactive intellectual property strategy from day one based on the following four pillars:

  • Competitive watch: defining the positioning for innovative concepts and assessing the risks linked to the competition.
  • Protection: protecting the results of its R&D and ensuring their industrial viability.
  • Acquisitions: obtaining the operating rights for existing and strategic future patents for the industrial development of CARBIOS innovations.
  • Management: filing intellectual property rights for future international exploitation and managing the portfolio of patents.