Keclon is an Argentine biotechnology company dedicated to the development of industrial enzymes. Our technology platform allows the rapid generation of new and improved enzymes using genetic engineering tools, synthetic biology, and directed evolution. These designer enzymes can significantly reduce production costs by, for example, increasing mass yield in the purification of edible oils, or improve biodiesel quality by eliminating its main impurities. Keclon's enzymatic processes not only are economically competitive but also environmentally friendly, reducing the use of aggressive chemicals such as acids and strong bases.
Keclon has established a productive approach for rapid and continuous design, development and patenting new enzymatic processes. The company has state-of-the-art laboratories, a unique R&D team, a pilot plant, and the ability of industrial-scale enzyme production. Keclon has facilities in the cities of Rosario and San Lorenzo, Argentina, right at the epicenter of the most important oil industrial cluster in the world.
One of these families of enzymes, called phospholipases, selectively degrade phospholipids, the major impurities of vegetable oils. Phospholipases are the basis for Enzymatic Degumming (ED), a relatively novel approach for refining of crude vegetable oils. The oil industry is rapidly adopting ED, migrating from more traditional physical and chemical systems in favor of novel enzymatic ones. Two main benefits of ED support its adoption. First, the higher yield obtained using ED over traditional chemical degumming (at least 2.0% p/p of extra yield). Secondly, ED offers savings by the reduction or elimination of chemicals used in the process but also via the reduction of by-products and effluents, resulting in less pollution, and gas emissions. At Keclon we have developed a collection of highly efficient lipophilic enzymes for ED, which can be adapted to each specific process in oil production.
At Keclon we have developed a unique and novel enzymatic process for the treatment of biodiesel, which allows the elimination of steryl glycosides (SGs), biodiesel's main impurity. These molecules form insoluble precipitates that compromise the quality of the final biodiesel product by clogging car filters. Keclon's enzyme makes it possible to obtain a biodiesel with the highest quality standards, reducing the levels of total contamination to values similar to that of distilled biodiesel at costs that an order of magnitude lower.
Keclon is led by a team of internationally recognized entrepreneurs and scientists, with extensive experience in the different aspects of biotech research, development, and commercialization. Our group includes pioneer biotech entrepreneurs, experienced venture capitalists, experienced Ag investors, and the largest consumer of ED in the world. This group provides a unique combination of financial, technical, and strategic resources to Keclon.
Focus on oil: Keclon’s products transform the vegetable oil value chain into a modern oil Enzyme-based biorefinery - we are focused on maximizing value in the vegetable oil value chain via the introduction of innovative enzymatic solutions
By oil producers for oil producers: our products are developed in direct collaboration with major oil producers and provide truly valuable solutions
Commitment to success: Personalized post-sale support and pre-implementation customization of enzymatic solutions
Validated innovative products: Strategic partnership with one of the biggest users of enzymatic degumming in the world.
• Validated innovative products: strategic partnership with one of the main users of enzymatic degumming in the world. In biodiesel treatment, large-scale test successfully done
Large state-of-the-art enzyme manufacturing facility: Local production give us the flexibility to respond to the needs of our regional customers