SPECIAL PRECISION FERMENTATION
23 May 2022
Precision fermentation enables the production of purified proteins using genetically modified microorganisms (yeasts, bacteria, algae).
•Fermentation is a widely tested production process (e.g. in the production of antibiotics).
- Microorganisms, when placed under suitable conditions and modified with the introduction of genes that encode specific proteins, are able to synthesise new proteins which are then recovered and purified.
- This innovation is due to the considerable progress in ‘gene editing’ techniques (e.g. crispr).
- In the case of milk, companies aim to produce pure protein fractions by perfectly replicating the composition and particular protein fraction of certain milks (e.g. A2 milk or breast milk).
- Several start-ups are already active in the field of precision fermentation, e.g. Perfect Day (USA, launch for “Mooless” whey protein powder planned for 2 May 2022) and Remilk (Israel, production plant in Denmark under construction), Better Dairy (UK).
- Sustainability (very low consumption of resources and space)
- Ethics (no relationship with any form of animal husbandry)
- Quality (formulations are closely controlled, resulting in the production of products that mimic the nutritional profile of animal equivalents)
Points to be resolved:
- Regulatory aspects (EU market)
- Standardisation and purity criteria
Several start-ups are already active, for example:
- Perfect Day (USA, launch for “Mooless” whey protein powder planned for 2 May 2022)
- Remilk (Israel, production plant in Denmark under construction)
- Better Dairy (UK)
- Formo (Germany)
- Real Deal Milk (Spain)
- Bon Vivant (France)
- (… and many more…)