Interview with Mr Glenn Nedwin

Mr Glenn Nedwin
Mr Glenn Nedwin
Executive Vice President
Genencor Technical Enzymes, Danisco Group
Genencor Technical Enzymes, Danisco Group

Genencor is one of the largest developers and manufacturers of industrial enzymes and one of the largest biotechnology companies in the world. Genencor is a division of Danisco Group founded in 1989, one of the world's leading producers of ingredients for food and other consumer products. The parent company boasts a rich history of experience and contributions. With the acquisition of Genencor in 2005, Danisco expanded its position as a leading supplier of food ingredients and diversified into the growing industrial biotechnology market. With the acquisition, Danisco became the second largest supplier of industrial enzymes in the world. Genencor is a Top-10 world leader in biotechnology, and together with Danisco, reaching diverse industries, the conglomerate discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers eco-friendly, efficient enzyme product solutions for the agri processing, cleaning and textiles, food and feed, consumer, and industrial markets. It also develops innovative advancements for the biofuels, biodefense, and biosafety industries. Mr Glenn Nedwin is the Executive Vice President of Technical Enzymes, Genencor. Mr Nedwin joined Genencor in October 2007, with over 26 years experience in the biotechnology industry. Mr Nedwin started his career as a Post-doctoral Fellow at Genentech Inc, and spent 11 years on the pharmaceutical side of biotechnology in various companies including Molecular Therapeutics Inc (a Bayer AG company) and Xoma Corporation. Mr Nedwin then spent the next 15+ years in industrial biotechnology, where as President of Novozymes Inc, he co-founded and helmed Novozymes’ US R&D headquarters, as well as being active in business development. At Genencor, Mr Nedwin heads the division’s activities in Grain Processing, Fuel Ethanol, Textiles and Other Industrial Markets. Mr Nedwin received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo and a Ph D in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside. In addition, Mr Nedwin did a postdoctoral fellowship at Genentech Inc and also holds a Masters Degree in the Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Besides, Mr Nedwin is also a Co-Editor in Chief of the Industrial Biotechnology Journal. In an exclusive interview with Face2Face team, Mr Glenn Nedwin speaks on present movements in biotechnology market for textile and clothing industry.

Amongst a wide range of its products’ applications, Danisco also associates itself with textile/garment industry. How is it established in select industry?

Genencor, a division of Danisco, has been active in the Textile industry since the company started in 1982, and is a world leader in this field. Danisco is committed to the Textile industry and since the acquisition of Genencor has increased R&D expenditure on Textiles biotech innovation. The goal is to bring lower resource and differentiated solutions to the industry.

A good example of this was the introduction of PrimaGreen® Ecofade LT 100 which was launched in February 2009. A major benefit of this solution is that it can reduce energy consumption by up to 90% and Genencor’s PrimaGreen® portfolio of products can be expected to be expanded on. Genencor offers a full range of enzymes for the Textile processing industry, with a dedicated Textile Industry team and a global presence. We are committed to becoming the leader in Textiles enzymology and "first choice" for our customers.

How do you see biotechnology getting along presently in the arena of textile/clothing industry?

Biotechnology is an important aspect of the textile clothing industry as it can produce solutions which contribute to sustainability with/and differentiated fashion finishes. Fashion trends now evident in the market would not have been possible without biotech innovation. More focus is currently placed on sustainability, enabled by enzyme technology. Enzyme technology has the potential to lower temperatures and water usage, in certain geographies heating is now no longer required.

Published on: 02/03/2009

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