Deinove, Flint Hills enter new stage of animal feed partnership

By Deinove | May 31, 2017

Deinove, a biotech company that discovers, develops and produces high-value compounds from rare bacteria, notably from the Deinococcus genus, announces the start of the second phase of the animal nutrition research and development project initiated with Flint Hills Resources in November 2015.

Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries—one of the largest private companies in the world—is a leader in refining, petrochemicals and biofuels in the United States.

The project, initiated in 2015 and financed by Flint Hills Resources, aims to develop a nutritional supplement for animal feed. This first phase successfully selected several bacterial strains from Deinove’s library producing the targeted compounds. Scheduled to be completed by end of 2017 the second phase will aim to:

- Produce the additives in sufficient quantities to test their beneficial effects on the target animal species and analyze the results obtained;

- Optimize the fermentation parameters;

- Define the technical and economic conditions for the development of the production process.

On the basis of efficacy tests, one or two strains may be selected for the industrialization step. If successful, both partners will consider the terms and conditions of a licensing agreement for the technology developed during this project for an actual commercialization.

"We are very satisfied with the progress of this collaborative project and the initial results obtained. We look forward to the efficacy testing stage," stated Kevin Gray, innovation director of Flint Hills Resources.

Emmanuel Petiot, CEO of Deinove, added, "The progress of this project confirms our choice: animal nutrition is a growing market and seriously looking for innovation. Thanks to the wealth and performance of our micro-organisms, our solutions can concretely enable manufacturers to increase the value of their products."