Governor JB Pritzker of llinois

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Politics & Law

$51 Million Federal Grant for Precision Fermentation Hub to Drive Innovation, Growth, and Job Creation in Illinois

The Illinois Fermentation and Agriculture Biomanufacturing (iFAB) Tech Hub has secured approximately $51 million in federal funding from the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Tech Hubs Program. The grant, which will support significant infrastructure expansions, aims to position Central Illinois as a global leader in biomanufacturing, promoting economic growth, job creation, and national security. The iFAB is supported by Innovate Illinois, a strategic initiative …

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Fairs & Events

New Food in Europe: CellAgri Portugal to Host Key Conference, Cellular Agriculture Europe Welcomes 12 Members

CellAgri Portugal, the country’s association for the development of cellular agriculture, announces its 2nd International Conference on the 4th and 5th of October at Fórum in Lisbon. The abstract submission deadline for interested collaborators is the 30th of July 2024. The conference aims to bring together leading scientists, entrepreneurs, and industry experts to explore the latest advancements in the field, from cultivated meat and seafood to leather and precision fermentation …

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Spain’s MOA Foodtech, a B2B platform for alternative proteins and sustainable ingredients, announces the closure of a series A funding round led by the Dutch venture capital firm ICOS Capital.

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Investments & Finance

MOA Foodtech Raises Funds to Scale AI-Driven Production of Highly Nutritious Microbial Proteins

Spain’s MOA Foodtech, a B2B platform for alternative proteins and sustainable ingredients, announces the closure of a Series A funding round led by the Dutch venture capital firm ICOS Capital. Notable investors ClaveMayor, Viscofan, SODENA, and Banco Sabadell also participated. Founded in 2021 in Pamplona, Navarra by Susana Sánchez (CSO), José María Elorza (CFO), and Bosco Emparanza (CEO), MOA Foodtech leverages precision fermentation, agrifood side streams, and AI to discover …

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South Africa’s Immobazyme, a precision fermentation company spin-off from Stellenbosch University, has raised $1.3 million in a recent investment.

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Investments & Finance

South Africa’s Immobazyme Raises $1.3M to Boost Production of Precision Fermentation-Derived Proteins

South Africa’s Immobazyme, a precision fermentation company spin-off from Stellenbosch University, has raised $1.3 million in a recent investment round led by the University Technology Fund (UTF) with the participation of Innovus (University of Stellenbosch Enterprises). Immobazyme develops high-value proteins for various industries, including cultivated meat. The new capital will support the company’s production expansion, which includes doubling its current facility size and scaling its platform. This round brings its total …

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Investments & Finance

Singapore Grants University of Illinois ARCS $14.8M to Launch Precision Fermentation Center

The team led by Professor Yong-Su Jin at the Illinois Advanced Research Center at Singapore (ARCS), an affiliated center of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has received a five-year, $14.8 million grant from Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) to establish the Centre for Precision Fermentation and Sustainability (PreFerS). According to the announcement, the research at the new center will focus on microbial cell engineering or precision fermentation to convert readily …

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Michelin, Danone et al to open precision fermentation plant in France

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Fermentation

Danone to Open Precision Fermentation Center ‘Biotech Open Platform’ in France with Strategic Players

French dairy giant Danone, engineered materials group Michelin, the US startup DMC Biotechnologies, and Crédit Agricole Centre France have partnered to create the Biotech Open Platform. The new center will focus on precision fermentation, a technology pivotal for innovation in agri-food and materials with the potential to address the need for sustainable alternatives to animal and fossil-based products, according to the announcement. Located in the commune of Clermont-Ferrand in Auvergne, at the …

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Danish startup EvodiaBio announces it has raised €7 million for its precision fermented aromas.

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Fermentation

EvodiaBio Raises €7M to Revolutionize Non-Alcoholic Beer with ‘Yops’, the Aroma of Hops

Danish startup EvodiaBio announces it has raised €7 million from foreign and Danish investment funds, including EIFO and The March Group. Based in Copenhagen, EvodiaBio leverages yeast fermentation to produce natural aromas and flavors for the F&B industry. With the new capital, the company will commercialize its first product, ‘Yops’, the aroma of hops, for the production of non-alcoholic beer, and expand its portfolio. Camilla Fenneberg, CEO of EvodiaBio, said, …

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Fermentation

7 Fermentation Companies Paving the Whey to a Cow-Free Dairy Industry

Following our recent summary of producers making alternatives to casein protein, below is a roundup of the companies using cutting-edge technology to make whey proteins with microbes; bypassing cheesemaking to retire cows from the dairy business. Whey proteins, derived from the whey or the liquid portion of milk that separates during cheese production, are known for their rapid absorption and high branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which play an essential role …

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Bond Pet Foods has partnered with previous investor Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition, a leading provider of innovative animal nutrition solutions, to develop tailored, non-animal-derived ingredients for pet food applications. 

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Pet Food

Bond Pet Foods & Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition to Develop Enhanced Pet Food With “Brewed” Animal Proteins

Precision fermentation company Bond Pet Foods has partnered with previous investor Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition, a leading provider of innovative animal nutrition solutions, to develop tailored, non-animal-derived ingredients for pet food applications. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Bond Pet Foods “brews” customizable meat proteins (chicken, turkey, and fish) using yeast and precision fermentation technology instead of raising livestock or fishing. Through the collaboration, Wilbur-Ellis will formulate innovative pet food products incorporating these customized …

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ScaleUp Bio has secured a food manufacturing license from the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) for its commercial pilot production facility in Tuas, western Singapore. 

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Manufacturing & Technology

ADM’s ScaleUp Bio Secures Food Manufacturing License for Novel Proteins in Singapore

ScaleUp Bio, Singapore’s pioneer provider of CDMO services for microbial and precision fermentation, has secured a food manufacturing license from the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) for its commercial pilot production facility in Tuas, western Singapore.  The FSA ensures that food production practices meet established safety standards by inspecting infrastructure and facilities. It also requires proper training, collaboration, and regulatory adherence to maintain high hygiene and operational quality levels. The company states …

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