Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge 2018

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Microalgae-based ingredients: alternative resources in the feed industry

 

Inalveis an industrial biotechnology startup specialized in the production of microalgae-based innovative products, an underexploited natural and renewable resource. Among hundreds of thousands of species, we selected one specific microalgae for its composition. This species has high protein concentration and an amino acids composition equivalent to the fishmeal. Due to our production process, this microalgae produces specific polysaccharides valuable as health ingredients (immunomodulator) in the feed industry. Our disruptive and scalable multi-patented biorefinery technology allows us to produce highly nutritional microalgae-biofilm with minimal environmental footprint. Our technology absorbs 2kg of CO2 for each kg of biomass produced, and compared to other microalgae cultivation processes increases areal productivity by a factor of 10 and save 70% energy and 90% water consumption. Team inalve has 25 years’ experience in microalgae biotechnology and will develop its robotized microalgae production unit in Europe then North-America and Asia to find its market and commercialize its ingredient where farmers need it.

Describe the problem your company wishes to solve and how your product or service will solve it

 

Nowadays, it takes 3 to 4 kg of fish harvested from the sea and turned into fishmeal to feed 1 kg of fish from aquaculture. Being highly nutritional, fishmeal founds applications in aquaculture from fish to shrimp and in animal farming from piglets to pork. A feed sector, totalizing $9 billion. However, this can no longer continue. With increasing population, global protein needs is booming and fishmeal needs will triple by 2050. To date more than 50% of the ocean are already overexploited and fish resources becomes scarce. With increasing fishmeal demands and decreasing production its price has triple over the last 15 years. The feed industry seeks for rich-protein substitutes. Fishes are overexploited and arable land is limited. Alternative quality proteins needs to be developed and produced. Inalve wants to feed animals, naturally with microalgae.

Describe other business assistance that you are seeking from Nutreco

 

We believe we need to deepens 3 different aspects in our business development. We are industrializing our technology at the pilot plant level. We already secured 2.5M€ public funds and are raising funds in equity to fasten our development. Moreover, manufacturing is necessary and we could meet experienced leaders through Nutreco’s assistance Last, any Business encounters through Nutreco network is critical and can only accelerate our development with a better understanding of international business differences.

Are you available to participate in the final event in the Netherlands 28, 29, and 30 May? All expenses will be covered by Nutreco

Yes

Describe how the prize - a validation trial in our facilities - could boost the development of your business

 

The Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge can provide help to inalve in their business development. We at inalve develop the most innovative microalgae biotechnology process in the world. First of its kind allowing penetrating the global feed market. The inalve technology is however in its first development stages. Gaining access to the Nutreco R&D platforms and potentially testing our solution at the facility level will allow us to confront our vision with the market needs and formulate the most nutritional products at a competitive price. We believe the Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge will accelerate our development through testing our products with various farmed animals in a faster manner than ever expected.

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www.inalve.com

edited on Mar 27, 2018 by Christophe Vasseur

teresa debesa 4 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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David Peggs 4 months ago

Hi Christophe,
Thanks for your submission; I share your company’s positivity around microalgae based products for use in the aquafeed industry. What kind of immunomodulatory effects have you observed with your product in fish and shrimp? Can you say a bit more or refer to studies etc.. and do you consider the product or its derivatives to have prebiotic effects in the gut?

Thanks,
David

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Christophe Vasseur 4 months ago

David, Thank you for your comments on our idea. The immunomodulatory effects observed come from the beta-glucan in high concentration in our microalgae. This beta-glucan is specific to our microalgae specifically produced with our unique technology. The beta-glucan is a prebiotic, a non-digestible feed ingredients that benefit the host by stimulating growth and activity of beneficial bacteria in gastrointestinal tract. This product could replace antibiotics to overcome the diseases. As you will see on attached publication, beta-glucan from different origin has proven benefitial in aquaculture. In one experiment, effect of microalgal glucan on immunity was compared with MacroGard (Yeast glucan) and the results showed increased survival rate in fish fed with microalgal glucan compared to control. In another experiment, fish fed with microalgal glucan showed positive growth rate during weaning to dry feed compared to high alginate (Mannuronic acid) fed fish. Our technology at inalve allows us to produce higher concentration of specific beta-glucan at lower production cost. We believe this product coul be an alternative to antibiotics.

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Mario Miranda Lavarello 4 months ago

Spurulina in combination with other macroalgae seems quite interesting assay, for the same purpuse within an extruded aqua feed

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Christophe Vasseur 4 months ago

Dear Mario,
You are right, many tests have been carried out with two of the most produced microalgae: Spirulina and Chlorella. Despite high proteins concentration their nutritional value is good but not optimal to feed fishes and shrimps. We selected another strain for its high proteins content and a perfect match in amino acids proportions as well as high specific beta- glucan concentrations. No need to grow both Spirulina and macroalgae when one microalgae on the our production process can do it all.

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Mario Miranda Lavarello 4 months ago

Hi Cristophe,i am looking forward for the demand of food by the world in then the near future. --my forecast 2050 is 11 billion and 2100 19 billion people (if the data serie from UN is correct..that is the mother of the lamb!!).
having said that, my driver is creating biomass and feeding all types of animals with highly productive kelp coming from the cold oceans. Nevertheless, I beleive in the linear formulation programs so that many species could be feed with multiple amounts of sea weed that acts nutritionally balanced for each specie through extrusion feed technology and high pressure processes, thus cattle, swine, poultry, petfood and all new species to be intensively cultivated to allow helping in the upwarding paradigm of the world´s future protein gap.

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Christophe Vasseur 4 months ago

Mario I can not agree more with your statements. I strongly believe the sea has underexploited resources that could complement if not change the way we feed the world. Diversifying the sourcing in ingredients is an elegant way to feed the world !

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teresa debesa 4 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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teresa debesa 4 months ago

Status label added: Full business case submitted

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Christophe Vasseur 4 months ago

Thank you Teresa !

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Khalil Safaei 4 months ago

Nice idea!

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Christophe Vasseur 4 months ago

Thank you Khalil!

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