The industrial use of enzymes has a long tradition in Japan, with Dr Jokichi Takamine as an early pioneer for enzymatic starch degradation. The Japan Enzyme Association reported for 2007 a total enzyme market of 43 billion Yen (~366 million €). Many academic and industrial groups throughout Japan are active in enzyme screening, in particular for biotransformation purposes. Amano Enzymes in Nagoya and Novozymes Japan are at present the major enzyme producers. Window-to-Japan offers ready access to industrial and academic research concerning the screening, production and application of enzymes in pharmaceuticals, food and chemical processes.
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