Updated May 24, 2019

Calysta Nutrition - Sustainable Solutions To Rising Global Demand For Protein

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Stage 5: Scaling

Aquaculture-Growing to Meet Rising Global Demand for Protein As the world’s demand for new sources of protein is straining current production capacity, aquaculture has grown to fill the gap. More than half of the seafood consumed worldwide comes from aquaculture, primarily fish or shellfish farming. Total tonnage of aquaculture production nearly doubled from 2000-2010. Norway is the world’s leading producer of Atlantic salmon, and the second largest seafood exporter in the world. The United States, the leading global importer of fish and fish products, imports over 90% of its fish consumption – half of which is from aquaculture. The global demand for seafood is rapidly outpacing the industry’s capacity. Aquaculture is still highly dependent on fishmeal, which is sourced from commercial fisheries. The impact of commercial overfishing and rising fishmeal costs is driving the industry and environmental groups to call for new, alternate feeds from sustainable sources. Calysta’s proprietary technology provides a proven, scalable solution, using gas-fed fermentation to produce feed-quality protein with high nutritional value. FeedKind protein is approved in the European Union for use in the human food chain in salmon, as well as in multiple livestock animals including pigs, chickens, and cattle. The product and manufacturing technology are validated at scale and can be rapidly deployed for commercial production. Calysta plans to introduce FeedKind™Aquaprotein for the aquaculture industry in 2018, to be followed by additional FeedKind products for the livestock industry. Calysta’s technology also enables the production of advantaged feeds, in which feed is supplemented with other key nutrients, vitamins, or amino acids. Adding these components directly in the feed can reduce overall cost while simultaneously improving livestock health, well-being and quality. Increasing Demand for More Efficient, Effective Products Animal health is a $23 billion industry, driven by increased demand for animal wellbeing as well as improved quality and yields of the resultant food products. Market growth in animal health supplements is constrained, however, by high production costs, a lack of new technology, labor intensive practices and changing regulatory requirements. In the United States, for example, the FDA has called for the phase-out of many antibiotics in animal feed. Calysta’s technology supports activation of natural immune responses in fish and feed animals, reducing their susceptibility to infections while improving their overall health. These advantaged feeds could potentially reduce or replace the need for antibiotics or expensive antiviral immunizations. Calysta Nutrition is also developing additional lines of value-added animal feeds for livestock, providing an alternative to animal-derived proteins and supplements. Calysta’s technology allows for the specific tailoring of the composition of the feed to the targeted animal, providing for optimal growth, wellbeing, and quality of the livestock.

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Agriculture and Aquaculture

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Innovation Description

Calysta Nutrition develops and produces FeedKind™ Protein, a high quality, cost competitive alternative for commercial aquaculture and livestock feed.Calysta is committed to developing sustainable technologies and products that leverage the power of biotechnology to address both consumer demand and global priorities.
How does your innovation work?
Sustainable protein to meet global demand 10 billion people. That’s the estimated global population by 2050. A growing middle class will demand at least 70% more protein than is now available. Already more than two-thirds of all agricultural land is devoted to growing feed for livestock compared to less than 10% used to grow food for direct human consumption. The aquaculture industry is key to meeting this dramatic increase in protein demand. But today, industry growth is inhibited by a limited supply of sustainable, cost effective feed ingredients and is actively seeking new production approaches. FeedKind™ protein is a new and natural fishmeal replacement addressing two current industry imperatives – supply and sustainability. FeedKind protein is kind to the customer, kind to the animal, and kind to the environment. Sustainable Sources Biogas is produced efficiently from the anaerobic decomposition of biological matter. This process, when industrialized, is known commonly as anaerobic digestion (AD), but also occurs naturally in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, livestock manure, and agriculture such as rice farming. The product is impure, however, and expensive scrubbing and compression is required to upgrade to a usable feedstock for conventional applications such as heating and power. Given the generally small scale and often remote geographical location of these biological sources, these upgrading processes are seldom cost-effective. Calysta represents a key step in driving the capture and utilization of this gas, as Calysta’s technology enables the low-cost, small scale conversion method without the need for expensive upgrading steps, while simultaneously producing a high-quality, sustainable animal feed component.


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