Ludwigshafen, Germany/Florham Park, NJ - February 22, 2012 -
BASF has opened a new white biotechnology and microbiology
research center in Tarrytown, New York. In the laboratory,
biologists and biotechnologists will work to develop more efficient
biotechnological production processes and – together with material
researchers – develop new antimicrobial products for medical
technology, hygiene and health care.
“The investment again demonstrates BASF’s commitment to white
biotechnology, one of this century’s key technologies with vast
potential for innovation. Furthermore the new lab is an important
step on the way to an even more globally organized research, and a
very good base for successful new alliances in North America,” said
Dr. Harald Lauke, Head of Biological & Effect Systems Research.
BASF has more than three decades of experience in white
biotechnology. The company uses biotechnological methods to
produce products such as vitamins, enzymes, pharmaceutical
intermediates and specialties for the personal care, food and feed
industries. One focus of the research laboratory work is to develop
even more efficient and resource-conserving production processes.
The use of metabolic engineering – the targeted modification of metabolism – is set to enhance the efficiency of the microorganisms used in these production processes.
Another important focus of the lab is to get a detailed understanding
of the development of bacterial biofilms. Bacteria – individually or in
colonies – tend to form on wet surfaces of objects and can be the
cause of life-threatening infections in patients especially within
hospital settings. In cooperation with material researchers, new
solutions are being developed to help prevent such infections.
“In Tarrytown, we have created the foundations for all these research
areas,” commented Dr. Markus Pompejus, Head of the bioactive
materials group and in charge of the biotechnology research in
Tarrytown. “Now it is all about turning our ideas into innovative
products and solutions.”
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio
ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to
oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental
protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all
industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system
solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and
helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our
corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of
about €63.9 billion in 2010 and had approximately 109,000 employees as of the end of
2010. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London
(BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at
www.basf.com or in the Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.basf.com.