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Sophorolipids are the most successful microbial biosurfactant to date, having been commercialised in the laundry detergent, household cleaner, personal care, agricultural and enhanced oil recovery fields.

Holiferm's technology has been demonstrated to double the state of the art for two of the most economically important KPIs for this process, reaching titers >800 g/l and productivities >5 g/l/h, and massively reducing production costs.


This has been successfully demonstrated at two commercial sites, to pilot scale. A control system has been developed, the scale-up model has been verified, and it has been demonstrated that the technology can be applied to produce sophorolipids from waste oil and sugar streams. This makes application of the technology to industrial production low cost and low risk, and we can provide licences for its use.

Biosurfactant platform development

We have demonstrated that our technology can be applied to MEL (a second biosurfactant) fermentation, dramatically enhancing the titer and productivity.

We have formed a consortium of world leaders in the identification and production of novel biosurfactants, the chemical modification of biosurfactants, and the application of biosurfactants. This enables us to offer a complete biosurfactant platform solution, producing biosurfactants tailor-made to an application for an interested company, through our manufacturing partner if preferred, and supporting with formulation and application. The use of our technology in production can enable an economically viable production for these molecules, enabling you to disrupt the market with these low-cost biosurfactants.

Other lipids

We have demonstrated a proof of principle* that our technology can be applied successfully to lipid fermentations outside the biosurfactant space. We are looking for collaborators to co-develop the technology to commercial readiness for other products, both potential users of the technology and other small companies or universities, and are interested in working with collaborators who have developed an organism capable of secreting lipids. 

 We have identified a number of potential targets;


  • Terpenes.

  • Polyol esters of fatty acids.

  • Long chain dicarboxylic acids.

  • Other microbial oils.