Center for Applied Biotechnology is focusing on discovering and developing new enzymes for the industry. These enzymes must be tuned to the industrial conditions, such as high pH and temperature. Gene sequences coding for such enzymes are taken from microorganisms that have evolved in extreme conditions, such as in the volcanic regions along the Arctic Mid-Ocean ridge. Such organisms give a unique opportunity to discover enzymes that have the properties that are needed in the industry. The enzymes encoded by these genes are investigated in our laboratories and developed in collaboration with our industry partners.