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John Sorensen and Randi Roy.

John Sorensen and Randi Roy.

From a fundamental discovery in a chemistry lab to a novel product for the market

It all started when John Sorenson, a chemistry professor, and his research team discovered an enzyme with an interesting reaction, a difficult step in the organic synthesis laboratory. The reaction normally requires multiple steps and many reagents without the same yields. But with the enzyme, it could be done in a single step in great condition. The discovery then sparked conversations about commercialization among the research team and how it could be put somewhere on a store shelf.

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