Iogen Corporation

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Iogen Corp
Founded 1970s
Founder Patrick Foody
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Products cellulosic ethanol
xylanase enzymes
Trichoderma reesei
Number of employees
ca. 50

Iogen Corporation is a Canadian company based in Ottawa, Ontario that was founded by Patrick Foody. Iogen is a company specializing in cellulosic ethanol made from farm waste. They also develop, manufacture, and market enzymes used to modify and improve the processing of natural fibres in the textile, animal feed, and pulp and paper industries. Iogen has been in operation since 1974. Brian Foody is the current president.

Demonstration-scale biomass to cellulose ethanol[edit]

The company has built the world's first demonstration-scale facility to convert biomass to cellulose ethanol, using enzyme technology. The facility has been designed and engineered to process 40 tons per day of wheat straw, using enzymes made in an adjacent enzyme manufacturing facility.

In the long term, Iogen intends to commercialize its cellulose ethanol process by licensing its technology broadly through turnkey plant construction partnerships. License fees and the supply of enzymes to the licensees’ plants will generate income. If the firm is successful, the process will allow fuel alcohol to be made from abundant plant waste instead of food grade corn.

Specialty Enzymes[edit]

Iogen also operated an established specialty enzymes business built on its cellulose ethanol technology. Iogen's Bio-Products business focuses on improving the operation of industries that process natural fibre. The company makes and sells high-quality enzymes that are used by industries including pulp and paper, textile, and animal feed. The expertise and operating experience gained in the enzyme business is an important element of Iogen's leadership in cellulose ethanol technology. The Bio-Products business was sold to Novozymes in early 2013.[1] After the sale, Iogen employs a staff of approximately 50 people.[2]

With backing from Shell Canada and Petro Canada the company planned to build a $500 million commercial scale plant in Saskatchewan, to produce 90 megalitre/year of cellulosic ethanol from wheat straw.[3] The prospective plant location was later moved to Manitoba.[4] On 30 April 2012, Shell decided to cease funding for the project known as "Solstice" and sold its stake in Iogen Energy to Raizen which will redirect its technology for application in Brazil.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Iogen Bio-Products acquired by Novozymes" (PDF) (Press release). Iogen Corporation. 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Iogen Focusing on Biofuels in Brazil After Selling Enzyme Unit". Bloomberg. 1 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Rampton, Roberta (15 July 2008). "CORRECTED - Shell boosts stake in Iogen cellulosic ethanol". Reuters. 
  4. ^ "Shell takes reins in cellulose ethanol plant proposal". The Western Producer. 1 December 2011. 

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