An Italian company with a deep expertise in fermentation systems, equipment and process technologies for biotech production, has developed a highly advanced fermentation technology that can allow for a very large number of products manufacturing.
The innovative technology is suitable to operate dynamic solid state fermentation and downstream operations under sterile conditions as well: downstream operations can be performed in the same bioreactor upon completion of the fermentation processes, so avoiding additional transfer to other equipment with the related contamination risks.
Furthermore the solid state process does not cause wastewater to be treated, so saving treatment plant and its operation costs.
The dynamic solid state fermentation bioreactor and technology can be a solution fitting for many manufacturing sectors, such as food, feed, biotech, pharma, agro-active ingredient (AI) or final products as well. The technology can be particularly useful to get fungi viable spores in large quantity, yeast viable cells, probiotics and prebiotics and secondary methabolites or enzymes ready fixed on solid dry granules or powders, etc.
Process steps, production cycle time and contamination risk can be drastically reduced in the bioreactor unit.
The proprietary hardware and software of the solid state fermentation bioreactor can allow full control of the key process conditions. It includes Wi-Fi for mobile parts connectivity to PLC. All process data can be accurately tracked and recorded for full product traceability.
The new technology equipment and process is protected by an international patent.
The Italian biotech&engineering company is interested in the prototype demonstration within operational environment in many possible different fields, to get a complete and qualified technology in each one. With this aim, the company intends to set up a consortium of partners which, in addition to the same company, should also include:
- producers of manufacturing plants in the food, feed, pharma, agro-active ingredient sectors, interested in checking the possibilities of adapting the innovative solid state fermentation bioreactor and technology to their own requirements and integrating it in their process equipment,
- manufacturers of food, feed, pharma, agro-active ingredients and/or finished products, interested in experimenting with the use of new technology and finalizing experimentation to their specific needs.
Within the FTI project, the engineering company will make available its pilot prototype built in its laboratory and the technical skills acquired in the field of solid state fermentation technologies and industrial plant design. The Italian company will give its contribute to the preparation of the project, but it’s not interested in managing the project as coordinator.
The planned project duration is assumed to be 18 months, but the engineering company is available to adapt to any different needs of the partners.
The EOI deadline is on the 30th September, since the Italian company intends to apply the call H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020 with deadline on the 27th October 2020.