Take a look at the stories that shaped the enzyme world this year.

In January, we launched Spirizyme® T, an advanced suite of enzymes for ethanol production that provide the most total sugar conversion in the industry. Talking about it, Peter Halling, Vice President – Biofuel, said “Reducing residual sugar is key to raise profitability at an ethanol plant. Don’t leave your sugar behind.”

In March, we published a study comparing the outputs of a conventional farming system versus using biological solutions throughout the agricultural value chain. Novozymes’ researchers estimated the increased yields and environmental savings. The ‘Acre Study’ found that biosolutions can dramatically increase the productivity of the land, resulting in more feed/food and energy and less CO2, as shown in this infographic.

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and Novozymes announced a strategic collaboration. The partnership will develop probiotics for hatcheries, the facilities where eggs are hatched before the chickens move to grow-out farms. Probiotics can increase sustainability in the poultry industry and be an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters.

In May, our enzyme manufacturing plant in Nebraska celebrated its 5-year anniversary and just a few weeks later it completed a major $36 million expansion. The occasion was marked by a press conference with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and nearly 50 local business and community leaders.

In June, we said farewell to coal in Kalundborg. A new agreement with utility company  Ørsted ensured that all energy to Novozymes’ production plant in Kalundborg, Denmark, will come from renewable sources.

New Medley® blends were also launched this year, helping detergent manufacturers in emerging markets apply enzymes in water-rich detergents. First launched in 2014, Medley now consists of eight regionalized products. By adding Medley to their detergents, soapers can offer consumers a much easier wash experience with less time spent on pre-treatments and scrubbing. In addition to Medley, Progress In was launched in October, offering the first tailor-made product for mass tier detergents in emerging markets.

In September, innovation found a new home with the launch of HelloScience, an online network where innovators, start-ups, companies and others can work together to develop solutions for some of the world’s greatest challenges. The first theme is water scarcity, and a call from UNICEF to develop an E. coli detection device is among the first tasks. “The major global challenges are complex in nature and will be difficult to solve,” said Senior Vice President Claus Crone Fuglsang, Head of Research & Technology at Novozymes. “Novozymes has experience and expertise, but we don’t claim to have all the answers. We need to work together to deliver better systems to solve challenges within water, food, waste and more”.

During the European Biotech Week in October, Novozymes launched its “Teach for Tomorrow” initiative. Novozymes employees globally were encouraged to teach in local schools and introduce children to the fascinating world of enzymes and microorganisms. Both scientists and non-scientists participated on a voluntary basis, with the company providing training and materials for those interested.

This year also saw enzyme contributions recognized on a wide scale especially in the Food and Beverage area. Saphera and Formea received multiple accolades for the innovation brought to the dairy market.

In October, Science Magazine recognized Novozymes as the world’s second best employer in its 2017 Top Employers Survey. The survey showed our employees are motivated by the company’s purpose of finding biological solutions to global challenges. It was the third year running, Novozymes ranked among the top 10 in the prestigious survey.

We hope 2018 will be just as exciting and eventful. Happy New Year!