FeedKind protein. (Photo: Calysta)
Calysta to develop new feed ingredients for aquaculture in Teesside
Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 01:50 (GMT + 9)
The US biotechnology company Calysta will develop the production process for FeedKind™ protein, a new fish feed ingredient to reduce the aquaculture industry’s use of fishmeal at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) in Teesside, northeast England.
The company notes that FeedKind™ protein - a natural, safe, non-GMO sustainable fish feed ingredient, is approved for sale in the European Union.
The California based firm, through its subsidiary Calysta (UK) Ltd., has received a conditional award of up to GBP 2.8 million (USD 4 million) Exceptional Regional Growth Fund (eGRF) grant subject to due diligence from the UK Government.
This will contribute to a GBP 30 million (USD 43 million) first phase investment over ten years to develop a Market Introduction Facility to undertake R&D critical to commercialize FeedKind™ and develop the technology for other applications.
Calysta plans to locate a novel loop reactor adjacent to CPI’s existing National Industrial Biotechnology Facility 2 (NIBF2) facility. This loop reactor will incorporate Calysta’s proprietary, best-in-class gas fermentation technology.
Alan Shaw, President and CEO, said, “The eRGF grant is a major vote of confidence for us from the UK Government. After looking at potential sites around Europe, we look forward to building Calysta's first plant in Teesside."
In addition, he stressed, “We are keen to capitalize on the area’s commercial attractiveness, technical skills and research and development expertise. Our plant will not only provide a boost for the economy of North East England, but will also support the UK’s goal to become a world leader in the emerging industrial biotechnology sector by generating game changing technology in gas fermentation and synergistic applications”.
FeedKind™ is manufactured using a natural process similar to the production of yeast-extract sandwich spreads. Studies have confirmed the nutritional value of the feed, based on criteria such as growth performance and animal health.
Calysta is marketing FeedKind™ Aqua to the global salmon farming industry.
In the UK alone, the salmon farming industry is expected to grow by 50 per cent by 2020. By replacing fishmeal with a nutritious naturally occurring protein, the industry can reduce its impact on the environment and on wild fisheries, while offering consumers a more sustainable product.