Innovation Digest: The Lux Take on the Future of Biosurfactants

December 29, 2021 | State of the Market Report

Biosurfactants hold the potential to serve as an ecofriendly yet high-performing substitute to incumbent surfactants, but their use has mainly been limited because of high production costs. This innovation digest explores their benefits, production maturity, and market opportunities to guide client activity in this space.


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Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • METHODOLOGY We assessed biosurfactants on five key factors to gauge their impact in the future
  • INTRODUCTION Biosurfactants offer many unique benefits but are limited by cost
  • PRODUCT Biosurfactants are defined by four features
  • MARKET READINESS A market opportunity for biosurfactants exists
  • TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL Biosurfactant production technologies fall at TRL 4–9; activity has seen an uptick since 2019
  • MARKET ORGANIZATION Corporations have led most market development activity
  • PRODUCTION New production technologies are key for lowering costs
  • ANALYSIS Biosurfactants are ripe for adoption as production costs are lowered and our understanding of these molecules grows
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst

Associate Research Director, Team Captain

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