Danish enzymes to be tested in Norwegian marine paint  

2003.03.03
The research company BioLocus has entered a license and development contract with the Norwegian paint manufacturer Jotun

The research company BioLocus has entered a license and development contract with the Norwegian paint manufacturer Jotun, one of the world’s largest producers of marine paint. BioLocus researches into the development of enzymes that can be added to paint used for the submerged surfaces of ships to keep them free of fouling. Conventional marine paints contain toxic biocides which have an adverse impact on the environment whereas the enzymes which BioLocus are developing do not have hazardous characteristics and are biodegradable.

 

Under the contract with Jotun, BioLocus will supply enzymes to be added to the paint. The product will be tested on 20 leisure craft in Danish harbours, followed by tests on vessels in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The aim of the cooperation is to make the new paint available for smaller craft by summer 2004. The next step will be to develop enzymes for the merchant navy. BioLocus has been promised DKK 2 million (USD 290,000) in financial support for its research by the Danish Growth Fund (Vækstfonden); however the grant is conditional on BioLocus finding an investor willing to put in a matching sum. The news is reported by daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

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