Massachusetts, US-based feed producer KnipBio completed the latest phase in its plan to produce a "premium" aquaculture feed ingredient from low-cost, readily available feedstocks.
The development was done in conjunction with the National Research Council of Canada, the firm said.
The firm specializes in the production of innovative biotechnology to develop a range of single cell protein products from non-food feedstocks.
Larry Feinberg, co-founder and CEO of KnipBio pointed out that the lack of sustainable and healthy proteins and oils to feed farmed fish is a significant roadblock to aquaculture's growth. "KnipBio meal could be the solution to this problem," Feinberg added.
"The primary goal for our scale-up program was to advance our process technology from a laboratory-scale research project to pilot-size vessel production. Additionally, we wanted to transition from a batch process to semi-continuous fermentation and to demonstrate the viability of methanol as a feedstock to compliment our previous work with ethanol," Feinberg said.
"We also gained tremendous insight into the fermentation process that will enable us to advance to commercial-scale manufacturing at a significantly faster pace than originally anticipated," he added.
The firm will continue to focus on field trials of its next-generation feeds to demonstrate the efficacy of its KnipBio meal in improving health and reducing mortality in fish and shrimp populations.