In simple terms, bioprocessing is the use of microbes to manufacture useful products. Those useful products might be biofuels, textiles, alternative meats, specialty chemicals, or numerous other options.
Bioseparation refers to the separation and purification of a wide range of products produced via biological processes. The separation of biological products is typically difficult, involving a multi-step process, and the cost of separation can be a substantial portion of overall manufacturing cost. Bioprocessors may find that with conventional bioseparation, they cannot manufacture at scale or expand production while meeting regulatory requirements and profitability goals. There is a solution to these challenges on both the downstream processing and wastewater treatment sides of the bioprocessing equation: ZwitterCo Z-BioP membrane elements. Compared to current treatment options, processes using ZwitterCo superfiltration (SF) membranes may offer benefits, including lower cost of ownership, smaller footprint, lower energy costs, reduced cleaning costs, longer uptime between cleaning cycles, and water reuse.