Ginkgo Bioworks and Kerry develop specialty enzymes for the food industry


In Massachusetts, Ginkgo Bioworks and Kerry partnered to work on more efficient production of specialty enzymes used in food. This partnership marks Ginkgo’s expansion into the enzyme industry.

Enzymes are the biological machines powering living cells, and are used in a variety of industries to safely and effectively perform chemical reactions, including those that naturally occur in food products. Kerry produces enzymes through fermentation of its proprietary microbial strains and will leverage Ginkgo’s technology to improve the production of specific enzymes used in food.

“Our company has long been focused on using science and technology to make our processes, ingredients and products better,” said Dr. Albert McQuaid, chief technology and innovation officer at Kerry. “Ginkgo Bioworks has a technology platform that we haven’t seen in the enzyme industry before now and we look forward to leveraging their technology to improve the work we’re doing with enzymes in the food industry.”