A diagram of a protein molecule.The metabolic changes that happen in the time-tested process of fermentation are now being applied to the development of new proteins that can result in advanced materials, specialty chemicals for agriculture and improved pharmaceuticals. Seattle-based Arzeda Corporation is pioneering engineered enzymes to improve materials and create new metabolic pathways with targeted results. Arzeda’s software platform identifies molecular possibilities far beyond what can be found in nature. With computer simulation and rigorous testing the best-engineered enzymes for the desired outcome rise to the top. Read more in Geekwire.

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