Iogen Corporation

Iogen Corporation

310 Hunt Club Rd. East
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1V 1C1

Phone: 613-733-9830



Established in the 1970s, Iogen Corporation has become one of Canada’s leading biotechnology firms.  Iogen is a world leader in technology to produce cellulosic ethanol, a fully renewable, advanced biofuel that can be used in today’s cars.  Iogen is also an industrial manufacturer of enzyme products with a focus on products for use by the pulp and paper, textile and animal feed industries.Iogen is a privately held company, based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with a rapidly growing work force. Since the late 1970s, more than $300 million CAD has been invested in Iogen Corporation and its activities related to cellulosic ethanol, including more than $60 million CAD in the demonstration plant.  Major investors include the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Petro-Canada and Goldman Sachs.  The company has approximately 325 permanent full-time employees.

Cellulosic Ethanol is Ready to Go

Cellulosic ethanol can significantly:

  • lower overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • reduce reliance on imported oil and increase energy security
  • help build rural economies and improve farm income

Cellulosic ethanol is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce GHGs and gasoline consumption in road transport and can deliver benefits similar to improved vehicle efficiency.

Iogen built and operates a demonstration scale facility to convert biomass to cellulosic ethanol using enzyme technology.  This facility is located in Ottawa. Iogen is currently assessing a potential location for a commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plant.

In the long-term, Iogen intends to commercialize its cellulosic 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.


Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

Iogen’s cellulosic ethanol process uses advanced new technology to make ethanol from biomass. The process combines innovations in pre-treatment, state-of-the-art enzyme technology, and advanced fermentation technology. Pre-treated fibre is converted to sugars using enzymes; sugars are subsequently fermented to ethanol; and ethanol is purified to fuel.

Enzyme Technology

Enzyme technology is one of the key areas of Iogen’s innovation. Iogen owns and operates a large-scale state-of-the-art enzyme manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Canada. The plant serves customers around the world with products designed for specific-use applications. The company’s core skills include protein engineering, enzyme expression, fermentation development, enzyme manufacturing, enzyme application engineering, and operation of enzyme-based reactions.

Iogen’s enzymes are now used in the pulp and paper, textile and animal feed industries. In the pulp and paper industry, Iogen enzymes help decrease the amount of chlorinated chemicals used in bleaching, as well as reduce production costs. In the textile, industry enzymes help fade, soften or depill fabrics and garments. In the animal feed industry, enzymes help chickens and pigs digest their food. Iogen’s enzyme products include the BioBrite®, Denabraide®, and Fibrilase® enzyme product lines.

Iogen’s line of enzymes for cellulosic ethanol production is currently being used in the company’s demonstration plant. These enzymes will be available for sale in conjunction with technology licenses for the cellulosic ethanol facilities in the future.

What are enzymes?

  • Enzymes are “active” proteins that can increase (catalyze) the rate of biochemical reactions.
  • Enzymes are natural chemicals made and used by living organisms but are themselves “non-living”.
  • Industrial enzymes are safe and natural. Enzymes are even used to make foods such as pop, fruit, bread and beer!


Iogen Bio-Products focuses on making high quality enzymes for industries that process fibre. Our three primary enzyme markets are: pulp and paper, textile, and animal feed. In each market, we combine our extensive knowledge of enzyme development and manufacturing with an understanding of the customer’s application to make market-leading products. Each industry has a custom-developed product satisfying different requirements.

  • In the pulp and paper market, Iogen sells directly to pulp mills with substantial start-up support, equipment, on-site service, and after trial support.
  • In the textile market, Iogen sells to a limited number of re-formulators who include Iogen’s products in their formulations and service end-users.
  • In the animal feed industry, Iogen has a supply agreement with DSM for the exclusive manufacture and worldwide distribution of enzymes.

Manufacturing and Quality Control

Iogen is committed to offering consistent, reliable enzymes that meet the performance expectations of its customers. The company’s manufacturing operation is ISO 9003 compliant, and makes products using application-based test methods to validate the product performance.

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