White Biotechnology Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Market Report Covers Global Biotech Companies and is Segmented by Type (Biofuels, Biomaterials, Biochemicals, and Industrial Enzymes), Application (Bioenergy, Pharmaceuticals, Food and Beverage, Feed, and Other Applications), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The market size is provided in terms of USD for all the above-mentioned segments.

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White Biotech Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 9.95 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

White Biotech Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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White Biotech Market Analysis

The white biotech market is currently valued at USD 315 billion and is projected to register a CAGR of 9.95% during the forecast period.

  • White or industrial biotechnology is one of the most promising approaches to pollution prevention, resource conservation, and cost reduction, as it can reduce carbon dioxide emissions, energy consumption, and water consumption by 50%, 20%, and 75%, respectively. Moreover, as the fight against climate change becomes increasingly important, people worldwide are willing to pay more for sustainability. 
  • Consumers are increasingly making purchasing decisions based on environmental considerations and seeking products that use sustainable materials or processes with minimal adverse environmental effects. Such changes in purchase patterns encourage retailers and manufacturers to adopt white biotechnology to produce value-added chemicals from renewable sources. 
  • White biotechnology provides valuable components for the food, pharmaceutical, and agricultural sectors, as well as other industries. Many companies and brands are aware of the ongoing trend toward protecting the environment and are taking steps to promote sustainability. One such effort is that various consumers from industries, including automotive and consumer goods, focus on white biotechnology to meet sustainability targets and boost sales.
  • Government bodies of several countries support emerging biofuel industries via subsidies, mandates, fuel tax adjustments, and incentives for using flex-fuel vehicles. For example, the United States, the European Union, Brazil, China, and others have started developing extra incentives for second-generation biofuels. 
  • Furthermore, in countries like India, the ban on single-use plastics and emphasis on utilizing recycled and reused materials to reduce dependency on fossil fuel sources, such as crude oil import, encourages companies to develop innovative eco-friendly packaging materials. Thus, such initiatives are accelerating the global white biotechnology market growth.

White Biotech Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Environmentally Friendly Products

  • In recent years, consumers across the globe have become more conscious of the adverse environmental impacts of the products they buy and consume. For instance, according to a survey conducted by Hankook Ilbo in South Korea from May to June 2022 on the influence of environmentally friendly certificate marks attached to a product on purchasing decisions, more than 72 percent of surveyed consumers answered that such a label impacted their purchasing decisions.
  • As a result, companies focus on improving the sustainability of their products and, consequently, the green credentials of their brands. This has further increased the demand for white biotechnology, which uses living cells from yeast, molds, bacteria, and plants, and enzymes to synthesize products that are easily degradable, require less energy, and create less waste during production.
  • White biotechnology provides valuable components for food, pharmaceutical, agriculture, and other industries. The use of microbial-derived compounds ranges from obtaining compounds, such as flavorings, essential amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and organic acids, for the F&B industry to making fertilizers and biological pesticides for agriculture use. Also, microbes play a significant role in human health and well-being.
  • Microbes produce primary metabolites such as vitamins, nucleotides, amino acids, and secondary metabolites. These secondary metabolites are used to make many drugs. Therefore, the vast applications of microbial-derived components and the increased demand for bio-based products are anticipated to influence the market positively in the coming years.
White Biotech Market: Percentage Of Consumers Who Choose to Purchase a Product At Least in Parts Due to Sustainable Packaging, in %, by Age, Global, 2023

Asia-Pacific is the Fastest-growing Region in the White Biotech Market

  • The biotech industry in the Asia-Pacific region has proliferated over the past decade due to the escalated demand for medical technologies, biologics, and biotechnologically altered food ingredients. The increasing production of bio-products acts as a key factor in bolstering the market growth in the region.
  • As China prioritizes sustainability, environmental protection, and technological advancements, demand for white biotechnology will rise in various sectors to fulfill the need for sustainable solutions, energy security, improved healthcare, agricultural productivity, and waste management. Moreover, players strategically invest in local companies to expand their market share. 
  • For instance, in 2021, BASF Venture Capital (BVC) invested in Bota Biosciences Ltd (Bota Bio), an industrial synthetic biotech company located in Hangzhou, China, which develops next-generation biotechnology platforms, enabling sustainable and economical production of high-value products for a broad array of industrial applications, like sweeteners, vitamins, personal care, or crop protection products. Other than this, white biotech has paved great opportunity in Japan's functional food and beverage segment due to the increased consumer inclinational toward food products with high nutritional claims. 
  • Furthermore, investments from foreign companies in biotech startups in Australia due to the country's strong research capabilities, innovative ecosystem, and growth potential are expected to propel the market growth.
White Biotech Market: Market Size (%), By Geography, Global, 2022

White Biotech Industry Overview

The white biotech market is highly competitive, with a strong presence of regional and global players. The market is driven by consumer awareness towards sustainability and efficient production of products. Thus, the players operating in the market are trying to position themselves according to the demographic group. 

Some prominent players, like Dupont De Nemours, Inc., Novozymes A/S, Lonza Group Ltd, Koninklijke DSM NV, and BASF SE, have been focusing on developing new and innovative products by targeting the new formulation for the market and engineering the various unexplored microorganisms in the market.

White Biotech Market Leaders

  1. Dupont De Nemours, Inc.

  2. Novozymes A/S

  3. Lonza Group Ltd

  4. Koninklijke DSM NV

  5. BASF SE

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

White Biotech Market Concentration
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White Biotech Market News

  • March 2023: Danisco Animal Nutrition launched AXTRA Prime, an optimized enzyme blend created to address significant changes in piglet production in the United States. The company claims that it enhances gut health, improves nutrient digestion, and produces measurable performances in swine.
  • December 2021: BASF Venture Capital (BVC) made a strategic investment in Bota Biosciences Ltd (Bota Bio), an innovative industrial synthetic biotech company based in Hangzhou, China. Bota Bio specializes in developing cutting-edge biotechnology platforms that facilitate the sustainable and cost-effective production of high-value products for a wide range of industrial applications, including sweeteners, vitamins, personal care items, and crop protection products.
  • June 2021: Eucodis expanded its CalBcollection with novel immobilized variants like EUCODIS CalB01 optimized for applications in organic solvents, EUCODIS CalB02 optimized for aqueous media, and EUCODIS wildtype-CalB.

White Biotech Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Consumer Demand for Products with Low Environmental Impacts

      2. 4.1.2 Dedicated Policies and Government Efforts to Promote the use of Biotechnology

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Deteriorating Fertility of Agricultural Lands

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Biofuels

      2. 5.1.2 Biomaterials

      3. 5.1.3 Biochemicals

      4. 5.1.4 Industrial Enzymes

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Bioenergy

      2. 5.2.2 Pharmaceuticals

      3. 5.2.3 Food and Beverages

      4. 5.2.4 Feed

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Italy

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    2. 6.2 Market Positioning Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 EUCODIS Bioscience GmbH

      2. 6.3.2 Dupont De Nemours Inc.

      3. 6.3.3 Koninklijke DSM NV

      4. 6.3.4 BASF SE

      5. 6.3.5 Evonik Industries AG

      6. 6.3.6 Lonza Group Ltd

      7. 6.3.7 Laurus Labs

      8. 6.3.8 Corbion NV

      9. 6.3.9 Novozymes

      10. 6.3.10 Archer Daniels Midland Company

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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White Biotech Industry Segmentation

White biotechnology, also known as industrial biotechnology, refers to the use of enzymes and microorganisms to produce bio-based products for use in sectors, such as chemicals, food and feed, healthcare, consumer goods, and automotive. 

The white biotech market is segmented on the basis of type, application, and geography. Based on type, the white biotech market report is segmented into biofuels, biomaterials, biochemicals, and industrial enzymes. Based on application, the market report is segmented into bioenergy, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, feed, and other applications. By geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East, and Africa. 

The market sizing has been done in value terms in USD for all the above-mentioned segments.

By Type
Industrial Enzymes
By Application
Food and Beverages
Other Applications
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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White Biotech Market Research FAQs

The White Biotech Market is projected to register a CAGR of 9.95% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Dupont De Nemours, Inc., Novozymes A/S, Lonza Group Ltd, Koninklijke DSM NV and BASF SE are the major companies operating in the White Biotech Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in White Biotech Market.

The report covers the White Biotech Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the White Biotech Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

White Biotechnology Industry Report

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White Biotechnology Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)