High-tech yeast company Angel Yeast has officially opened the doors of its new purpose-built facility, dedicated to yeast and biotechnology research and development.
Based in Yichang, China, the company unveiled the centre back in June. This week’s opening now marks a major milestone for Angel Yeast’s scientific capabilities and advancement in the biotechnology sector. The complex spans 36,000sqm and can accommodate up to 1,500 people.
The complex contains nine centres, focusing on: yeast and enzyme, industrial and brewing microbiology, protein nutrition and food flavouring, baking and Chinese dim sum, agricultural biotechnology, environmental protection, industrial innovation, nutrition and health, and testing.
The project first got underway in October 2019, and more than 196 million yuan ($30 million) has been invested in the facility to date. Angel Yeast said it expects to allocate more than $60 million toward scientific research, enabling the company to become a global leader in yeast technology research.
“We are thrilled to open our new R&D complex after more than a year of planning and construction. We believe this project will further accelerate the advancement of Angel Yeast’s innovation system in major industries, including yeast and yeast derivatives, healthy ingredients and raw materials, nutrition and healthcare, and non-yeast related biotechnologies,” said Xiong Tao, chairman of Angel Yeast.
“By enhancing our independent innovation capabilities and strengthening our international cooperation, we have cemented Angel Yeast’s position as a leader and pioneer in the development of the industry,” he added.
Researchers will focus on a number of key areas, including: plant-based alternatives, food flavour enhancements, gut health and probiotics, clean nutritional sources for fermentation, immune health and sports nutrition, alternatives to antibiotics, and yeast production and sustainable development.
The company has already partnered with the likes of Novozymes to improve the application of enzymes in pasta and with Chr. Hansen to develop probiotic formulations.
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