Cellulosic ethanol is widely heralded as one of the most promising alternatives to gasoline and enzymes are a key component in its production. Cellulosic ethanol is produced from cellulose in biomass such as wheat straw, corn stalks, household waste, or energy crops such as switchgrass. The biomass is first broken down into a pulp. Enzymes are then added, turning the pulp into sugar that can be fermented into fuels, feed, and chemicals.
As the Vice President and of BioEnergy Research and Development, Claus Fuglsang is leading Novozymes research
in this area and he oversees a portfolio of projects with more than 150 employees. As such, Claus has played a big part in the development of the first commercial cellulosic ethanol enzymes, Novozymes’ Cellic® CTec range.
Claus has worked in Novozymes since 1993 first as a research scientist, then as a manager and since 2002 as a Director responsible for Novozymes’ Protein Chemistry area and Pharmaceutical Protein Development. In 2008, he transferred from Denmark to the US.
Claus has a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA from Heriot-Watt
University, Edinburgh Business School.
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