Erika Milczek is founder and chief executive of Curie Co, a US industrial biotech outfit that develops engineered enzymes to displace petrochemical-based preservatives. As part of this issue’s focus on preservatives, Erika discusses the potential of engineered enzymes in personal care
Tim Probert (TP): Why did you found Curie Co?
Erika Milczek (EM): Our mission is to replace petrochemicals with equally affordable and effective biomaterials in everyday products and processes. We focus on the ‘equally affordable and effective’ part of that statement because we don’t believe there should be a cost premium paid on a healthy planet or personal health
Petrochemicals is a big and pretty audacious market to go after. So, we are focused initially on preservation. We love the field of preservatives, because quite frankly, they’re absolutely everywhere whether consumers realise it or not. They’re in the foods we eat and the products in our bathrooms, from cosmetics to body wash.
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