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SYLFEED Consortium concludes after four years of collaborative work

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SYLFEED Consortium, a European partnership focused on solving sustainable protein challenge concludes; Successful in advancing first-of-its kind ‘Wood to Food’ process technology to produce nutritional, sustainable protein 

Paris, France / Durham, N.C. – August 31, 2021 – Arbiom today announced the conclusion of the SYLFEED Project, following a final webinar in series of events marking the end of the project. The webinar was focused on the environmental performance of SylPro®, a protein-rich ingredient, which has been at the center of the SYLFEED mission and activities.

SYLFEED was founded with the goal of developing a solution to the challenge of sourcing, producing and securing high-quality, sustainable protein sources due to the growing demands of aquaculture and animal feed producers in Europe, and globally in the future.

The SYLFEED partners’ activities have focused on commercializing a first-of-a kind bioprocessing technology, to upcycle abundant, available and underutilized bio-based feedstocks, such as wood wastes and residues, into higher value biobased applications, notably, a protein-rich ingredient for use in aqua and animal feed: SylPro®.

The SYLFEED Project was a partnership of 10 organizations founded in 2017, with the support from The European Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the Horizon 2020 Program, and led by Arbiom over the past four years. The SYLFEED Project convened leading organizations from each step in the value chain, from the biomass sourcing (Norske Skog, Golbey) to the biomass fractionation and conversion into SylPro (Prayon, Rise Processum, Bioprocess Pilot Facility, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant and Arbiom), to the fish feed formulation and manufacturing (Laxá, Matís and Skretting). Finally, a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has been conducted by NORSUS to evaluate the environmental performance of SylPro compared to other protein sources.

“The project success is a testament to the collaboration and diverse expertise contributed from our partners in the SYLFEED project; leaders representing all parts of the ‘Wood to Food’ value chain came together with a common vision and commitment to success,” said Marc Chevrel, Arbiom CEO.

“We believe the Wood to Food technology platform represents a game-changing solution to expand food production potential without harming ecosystems or consuming more limited resources, by bringing wood and other undervalued biomass into the food chain. The SYLFEED Project achievements are a valuable contribution to advance biobased solutions to nutrition and sustainability challenges in Europe,” said Birgir Örn Smárason, Project Manager, for MATIS.

“We applaud the work and achievements of the SYLFEED Project partners, and successful contributions to a healthy, sustainable future food system in Europe, and worldwide,” said Pilar Llorente Ruiz De Azua, Project Officer, working on the SYLFEED project, for the BBI JU.

“The collaborative work allowed the consortium to prove that Arbiom’s Wood to Food process is a viable solution to bridge the protein gap in Europe with technology to produce a local, scalable, traceable supply of high-quality protein source from abundant, undervalued biomass sources,” said Charles-Henri Nicolas, PhD, VP Demo Program for Arbiom.

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Arbiom announces success of several continuous one-week fermentation operations at 15m3 scale

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Paris, France / Durham, NC, USA – March 12, 2021 – Arbiom announced today that it has achieved another critical step in its Demonstration Program to scale up its technology to produce an alternative protein ingredient, SylPro®. The company successfully completed continuous, stable operation of its fermentation technology at a 15m3 scale several times over a seven-day period without contamination or product quality issues. This performance builds upon Arbiom’s successful continuous operations at the 1m3 scale, during which similar results between the subsequent runs were observed, demonstrating process robustness and repeatability.

Arbiom continues on path to commercialization, announcing success of several continuous one-week fermentation operations at 15m3 scale

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Arbiom achieves milestone in scale-up of Wood-to-Food Technology

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Biotechnology pioneer achieves continuous process operations in demonstration program

Paris, France – October 7, 2020 – Arbiom today announced that it has successfully achieved a critical step in its Demonstration Program by completing continuous, stable operation of its fermentation technology over a seven-day period without contamination or product quality issues.

“We are very pleased to have achieved this latest advancement in commercialization of Arbiom’s technology, with continuous operation and stable, robust process performance, at Demonstration-scale,” said Marc Chevrel, Arbiom CEO.

Creating a Sustainable Nutritional Food Supply for the Health of People and the Planet

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White Paper: Revolutionizing a Sustainable, Nutritional Protein Source for Future Health of People and the Planet

The pandemic has added fuel to an already growing hunger crisis, and it has become explicitly clear that our food system must evolve to meet global challenges in a way that serves the greater health of both people and the planet.

Arbiom’s latest White Paper explores how innovation in protein production holds the potential to create long-term solutions to sustainably feed future generations in the face of resource shortages, biodiversity loss, and climate change.

To combat these challenges, innovators in the space are looking for renewable, readily available resources that have not historically been a part of the food supply chain. Wood represents one of the most promising sources of renewable, sustainable food and materials for future generations, especially in light of expanding forest lands, sustainable forest management practices, and the forest products industry’s integrated supply chain.

Arbiom is commercializing technology to transform wood waste and residues into a sustainable, natural, and nutritional protein ingredient: SylPro®.

Arbiom Study Shows SylPro® Protein Ingredient for Use in Food Applications

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Proof-of-concept study shows use of wood-derived protein ingredient used in food-grade product prototypes

DURHAM, N.C. – June 10, 2020:  Arbiom announced today that its first commercial protein ingredient, SylPro®, can successfully be included in alternative meat applications.

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Arbiom completed a proof-of-concept study in partnership with a leading extrusion R&D organization to evaluate SylPro for use in human food applications and existing meat alternative products. In the study, SylPro was used in meat analog product prototypes in place of conventional plant-based protein ingredients. In particular, SylPro successfully replaced critical ingredients including soy, pea, and wheat gluten without compromising taste or product quality. The results demonstrate the potential for SylPro to replace ingredients that play a functional role in the final product, such as binding, but may have restrictions due to allergen concerns, in the case of wheat or soy, or sourcing concerns, in the case of egg.

“Arbiom’s vision is to offer a new protein ingredient to several markets, with study results showing proven-performance across a wide range of feed and food formulations,” said Arbiom CEO, Marc Chevrel.

“We are excited to offer SylPro as a viable protein source for companies developing plant-based alternatives to meat and animal proteins,” Chevrel said.

SYLFEED Consortium Completes Successful Aquafeed Trials of Arbiom’s Wood-to-Food Protein Ingredient for Nile Tilapia

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Paris – May 29, 2020: Arbiom today announced the results of a successful study evaluating SylPro®, its high-quality alternative protein ingredient, for use in Nile tilapia feed. The four-week trial was conducted by Matís Icelandic Food & Biotech R&D as part of the SYLFEED Consortium, an international and multidisciplinary four-year project aimed at scaling-up Arbiom’s technology to convert wood residues into a protein-rich ingredient and testing it in feed applications. Read Full Press Release

In the study, SylPro was included in Nile tilapia diets at levels of 0%, 10%, 20% and 30%, replacing a plant protein mix comprised of corn gluten meal, soybean meal and sunflower meal. The fish meal content of the diets remained constant. Results showed the replacement of the plant protein mix by SylPro showed no statistical difference in performance compared to conventional protein ingredients in terms of fish growth rates, measured in body weight gain, of the Nile tilapia at up to a 30% inclusion level in the diets.

“The Nile tilapia trial results indicate that SylPro can be used to replace a plant protein mix in feeds for juvenile Nile tilapia without significant loss in growth performance,” said Dr. Jon Arnason, Senior Animal Nutritionist with Matis.“This is a crucial developmental stage for the Nile tilapia and this study shows Arbiom’s novel protein to be a viable, nutritional protein ingredient,” Arnason said.

“These results build on findings from previous growth trial studies of SylPro in aquafeed diets for Atlantic salmon and Hybrid Striped Bass,” said Marc Chevrel, CEO of Arbiom. “Arbiom’s Wood-to-Food technology platform, and our flagship commercial product, SylPro, continue to consistently demonstrate that we can offer a viable alternative protein source for the aquaculture and animal feed industries, said Chevrel.

 

Matis Biotechnology R&D Center Aquaculture trial facility

Juvenile tilapia in SYLFEED-Arbiom feed trial of SylPro

Arbiom SylPro® Demonstrates Strong Nutritional Performance in Weanling Pig Diets

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High-quality protein ingredient derived from wood shows promise as alternative to fish meal in weanling pig study

DURHAM, N.C. – April 7, 2020: Arbiom announced that it has completed successful trials of its protein product, SylPro®, for weanling pig nutrition.

The research, which was published in the Journal of Animal Science and conducted at the University of Illinois in The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), determined the digestibility of amino acids, energy, and phosphorus in a torula yeast protein ingredient produced by Arbiom.

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“Our study shows we can use the torula yeast product instead of fish meal in diets for weanling pigs,” said Hans H. Stein, Professor of Animal Science at the University of Illinois. “Torula yeast has greater digestibility of amino acids and phosphorus, but not energy, compared with a commercial source of fish meal fed to weanling pigs,” Stein said.

The article, “Torula yeast has greater digestibility of amino acids and phosphorus, but not energy, compared with a commercial source of fish meal fed to weanling pigs,” is published in the Journal of Animal Science [DOI: 10.1093/jas/skz375].