Deinove partners with Flint Hills in R&D on animal nutrition

By Deinove | November 03, 2015

Deinove, a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and biobased chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains,  announces an agreement with Flint Hills Resources to develop a process for producing ingredients for animal nutrition.

Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries - one of the largest private companies in the world - is a leading refining, petrochemical and biofuels company in the United States.

Both companies aim to develop conditions for an industrial biological production process based on selected bacteria from Deinove and raw materials supplied by Flint Hills Resources. Over the next 17 months Deinove will screen its library of 6,000 strains, identify and optimize bacteria that are able to grow in good conditions using raw materials supplied by Flint Hills Resources and produce the targeted compounds in acceptable quantities. 

Flint Hills Resources is covering the costs of the R&D project. The company is not disclosing the cost of the investment.  

If successful, the two companies will study the terms of a licensing agreement for the technology developed by the R&D project.

"We are excited to work with Deinove on this project and drive innovation that we believe has the potential to add value to an increasingly important market segment and enhance the  overall profile of our U.S. biofuels business," said Dr. Jeffrey Miano, director of new ventures at Flint Hills Resources.

"This collaboration with Flint Hills Resources allows us to expand our potential in the animal feed market where we are already active within other projects," added Emmanuel Petiot, CEO of Deinove. "The extremely diverse potential of Deinove's bank of strains offers many opportunities for value creation. This new project is just one example of it."  

Flint Hills Resources operates ethanol plants in Georgia, Iowa and Nebraska. The plants have a combined annual capacity of 820 million gallons of ethanol. The company also has made equity investments in bioenergy companies.

France-based Deinove is ushering in a new era of green chemistry by designing and developing new standards of production based on bacteria of untapped potential: the Deinococci. Taking advantage of the bacteria's unique genetic properties and unusual robustness, Deinove optimizes natural fermentation and metabolic capabilities of these bacterial "micro-factories" to produce high value-added products from nonfood biomass. The company's primary markets are second-generation biofuels (Deinol) and biobased chemicals (Deinochem).