Animal Nutrition

L-Valine technology triumph endorses move to acquire European amino acids producer

“Building on its biotech expertise and innovation via its ALTANØØV platform, particularly in relation to amino acid production pathways, METabolic Explorer [METEX] has developed a proprietary bacterial strain for the production of L-Valine by fermentation. The fermentation process, validated at pre-pilot scale, indicates that the strain is significantly more competitive compared with current technologies.”

The company added that a purification process, which is being developed in parallel, aims to obtain a functional ingredient rich in L-Valine, to enhance the product range offered by its subsidiary, METEX NØØVISTAGO, which is focused on the production and marketing of amino acids (AAs) produced by fermentation.

“This differentiating ingredient is part of the development of functional and innovative solutions to meet the challenges of animal nutrition, such as animal health and well-being, reduction in the use of soy proteins in the manufacture of animal feed and lowering of the carbon footprint of meat production.”

Functional amino acids, according to work done​​ by METEX NØØVISTAGO, can regulate key metabolic pathways to improve animal health, survival, growth, development, lactation, and reproduction, they represent the exploitation of AAs beyond their use as protein building blocks.

Benjamin Gonzalez, CEO of the METabolic EXplorer Group (METEX), said this L-Valine technology demonstrates the soundness of its decision to acquire Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Europe (AANE) earlier this year.