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ARBIOM Receives €12 Million to Build its First Commercial Plant

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ARBIOM receives €12 million and launches “Protein Independence” industrial project

Paris, France, 18th February 2022 – ARBIOM, a French-American company specializing in the production of high-quality proteins for feed and food applications by processing agricultural and wood residues, has received a grant of €12 million from the France Relance investment program. This financing follows the success of ARBIOM’s SYLFEED demonstration program (a four-year program supported by BBI-JU1) that validated the scale-up of ARBIOM’s production process and the in-vivo performance of ARBIOM’s SylPro® product with customers and partners. Thanks to this financial support, ARBIOM plans to launch the construction of its first factory in France in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region in 2022. The commercial facility will produce 10 000 tonnes of SylPro per year and employ more than 40 people.

The grant recognizes that ARBIOM has developed a solution to the challenge of sourcing high quality proteins

ARBIOM aims to produce the next generation food by developing sustainable, high quality nutritional ingredients from underutilized resources. To do this, ARBIOM has developed a unique technology based on the use of agricultural and wood residues. ARBIOM’s process transforms lignocellulosic biomass into valuable single-cell proteins (SCP), an emerging class of alternative proteins which are highly appreciated while used in human and animal food applications. SylPro is a non-GMO yeast, a sustainable alternative protein that can replace conventional proteins that have a significant impact on the environment; in particular fishmeal, soybean meal and concentrate.

Dr. Ricardo Ekmay, ARBIOM SVP Nutrition and Product Development, highlights SylPro’s performance in animal trials: “SylPro has proven to be an exceptional protein source for a variety of applications. Not only does SylPro have a high protein content and balanced amino acid profile, but it consistently shows class-leading digestibility, positive impacts on gastrointestinal health, and increased palatability…even for known picky eaters.”

Commercials trials with a number of petfood, aquaculture, and piglet feed manufacturers, a necessary step for commercial agreements, have successfully confirmed earlier results.

A major industrial project to offer the best quality proteins, highly sustainable, for feed and food applications

Thanks to the €12 million grant received from the France Relance investment program, ARBIOM will be able to accelerate the commercialization phase of its innovative product SylPro. Construction of the company’s first production plant will begin in 2022 in France, in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region. The plant is expected to be operational by 2024 and will produce 10 000 tonnes of SylPro per year, creating more than 40 direct jobs in a strategic sector for the French economy.

“This grant is excellent news not only for ARBIOM but for the global food chain as a whole. At a time when Europe imports 80% of proteins for animal feed, it is crucial that we develop new sustainable and local sources of highly nutritious proteins.” explains ARBIOM CEO Marc Chevrel.

 

1 BBI JU – Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

ARBIOM lève 12 millions d’euros et annonce le lancement de son projet industriel « Indépendance Protéines »

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ARBIOM lève 12 millions d’euros et annonce le lancement de son projet industriel « Indépendance Protéines »

Paris, France, le 17 février 2022 – ARBIOM, entreprise française spécialisée dans la production de protéines de haute qualité nutritionnelle, issues de la transformation de résidus forestiers et agricoles, annonce avoir reçu une subvention de 12 millions d’euros dans le cadre du programme d’investissements d’avenir France Relance. Cette levée de fonds fait suite au succès du programme de démonstration SYLFEED (un programme de 4 ans soutenu par BBI-JU1) qui a permis de valider la mise à l’échelle du procédé de production et la performance de son produit Sylpro®, in vivo, chez des clients et des partenaires. Grâce à ce soutien financier, ARBIOM prévoit le lancement dès 2022 de la construction de sa première usine en région Auvergne Rhône Alpes avec pour objectif la production de 10.000 tonnes de Sylpro par an et le recrutement de 40 personnes.

Une subvention qui vient couronner la mise au point d’un produit au service de l’alimentation de demain

ARBIOM s’est donné pour mission de répondre aux enjeux de l’alimentation de demain en mettant au point des ingrédients durables et de haute qualité nutritionnelle à partir de ressources sous-valorisées. Pour ce faire, la société a développé une technologie unique qui s’appuie sur la valorisation des résidus agricoles et forestiers. Le procédé développé par ARBIOM permet la transformation de la biomasse lignocellulosique en un microorganisme unicellulaire, qui correspond parfaitement aux critères recherchés en matière de protéines alternatives.

Grâce à cette technologie unique, l’entreprise a mis au point un produit dont les bénéfices nutritionnels, fonctionnels et durables permettent de répondre en tous points aux besoins de la filière de l’alimentation animale et humaine : SylPro. Cet ingrédient prend la forme d’une levure protéique non OGM. SylPro est une protéine alternative durable qui peut se substituer aux protéines conventionnelles qui ont un impact environnemental réel, notamment les farines de poisson et les tourteaux ou concentrés de soja.

ARBIOM a pour ambition de commercialiser ce produit innovant dès 2024. Des essais commerciaux avec plusieurs fabricants d’aliments en aquaculture, animaux de compagnie et porcelets sont en cours afin de confirmer les performances déjà démontrées du produit.

Un projet industriel d’envergure pour favoriser la souveraineté alimentaire européenne

Grâce à la levée de fonds de 12 millions d’euros réalisée dans le cadre du programme d’investissements d’avenir France Relance, ARBIOM va accélérer l’industrialisation de sa technologie innovante et parvenir rapidement à la commercialisation de SylPro. Ainsi, dès 2022 sera lancée la construction de la première usine de production en région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes. Celle-ci devrait être opérationnelle en 2024 et permettre la production de 10.000 tonnes de Sylpro par an mais aussi la création de plus de 40 emplois directs dans un secteur stratégique de l’économie française.

“Cette subvention est une excellente nouvelle pour ARBIOM mais aussi plus largement pour la filière alimentaire européenne. A l’heure où 80% des protéines pour l’alimentation animale en Europe sont importées, il est crucial de développer de nouvelles sources durables et locales de protéines à haute valeur nutritive pour assurer l’indépendance protéique de la France et de l’Europe” analyse Marc Chevrel, Président d’ARBIOM.

1 BBI JU – Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

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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Study Shows Cats Preferred Arbiom SylPro® in Food compared to conventional diets

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Paris, France / Durham, NC, USA – July 16, 2021 – Arbiom today announced the results of a new scientific study evaluating its high-quality alternative protein ingredient SylPro® for use in cat food. The trial, performed in partnership with the Pet Food Program at Kansas State University, found that cats preferred the food formulated with SylPro ® over food formulated with conventional protein ingredients, such as chicken meal and pea protein concentrate.

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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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SylPro® delivers superior nutritional performance as protein source in aquafeeds

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Arbiom announces results of latest trial evaluating SylPro® for use in Rainbow Trout diets

 

Paris, France / Durham, N.C. – February 1, 2021: Arbiom today announced the results of a new scientific study evaluating its high-quality alternative protein ingredient SylPro® for use in rainbow trout feed.

“The results of the trout feed study are consistent with previous trial results and once again demonstrate the nutritional and functional performance SylPro offers feed formulators. We are eager to follow-up on these findings, especially as they relate to fish health,” said Ricardo Ekmay, PhD, Senior Vice President of Nutrition and Product Development for Arbiom.

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.

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.

 

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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].