GAGs extraction

Increase the yield of animal co-products and boost the value of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) extraction such as hyaluronic acid, heparin and chondroitin sulfate with microbial enzymes.

GAGs extraction

What are GAGs?

If you’ve ever suffered achy joints, you probably know about joint-targeted supplements such as chondroitin sulfate, used to treat osteoarthritis. It’s one of the glycosaminoglycans, better known as GAGs. 

GAGs have many applications. The most important GAGs commercially are hyaluronic acid, heparin and chondroitin sulfate. These are used in medical, veterinary, pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields. Heparin for example is used for blood clots, heart attacks and arthritis. 

Extracting GAGs efficiently and sustainably with enzymes

Extracting GAGs efficiently and sustainably with enzymes

GAGs are extracted from animal sources, such as lungs, skin and other tissues, and are released by either alkaline or enzymatic hydrolysis.   

Using enzymes to extract GAGs has many advantages. Enzymatic extraction reduces costs, increases yields and results in cleaner GAGs. It’s also a much more sustainable process. 

Reduce your costs and environmental footprint

Reduce your costs and environmental footprint

Using enzymes for GAG extraction generates less residue than using chemicals. It significantly reduces the amount of water needed to remove undesirable by products. 

Processors save money and water, and can avoid alkaline waste, which can affect aquatic and human health. 

 

Which solution is right for you?

Find the right solution for you in our global portfolio, shown below. To find out more about products available in your region, get in touch with your local Novozymes representative.

Available strengths (range)
Hydrolysis action
Generation of peptides or single amino acids
Debittering
Savory flavor generation
Working pH range*
Working temperature range (°C)*
Quality grade
2,4-4,0 AU-A/g
Aggressive
Peptides
6.5 - 10
60 - 75
Food, feed and tech grade
12- 16 KNPU-S/g
Aggressive
Peptides
7 - 11
55 - 75
Tech grade
Alcalase®
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Available strengths (range)
Hydrolysis action
Generation of peptides or single amino acids
Debittering
Savory flavor generation
Working pH range*
Working temperature range (°C)*
Quality grade
Savinase®
More
Available strengths (range)
Hydrolysis action
Generation of peptides or single amino acids
Debittering
Savory flavor generation
Working pH range*
Working temperature range (°C)*
Quality grade
Available strengths (range)
Hydrolysis action
Generation of peptides or single amino acids
Debittering
Savory flavor generation
Working pH range*
Working temperature range (°C)*
Quality grade

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What could this mean for your business?

What could this mean for your business?

Enzymes can extract value from your animal-derived proteins. Learn more about GAG extraction.

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