Although a cell-based solution, Moolec stressed its products are completely animal-free. “No animal cells were harvested and there is no need to do it,” explained CEO Paladini. “The proteins we are expressing can be found in animal-based food products, but we are simply using the plant cells to produce a specific protein by giving it the right instructions. During lockdown, the founders have been focusing on soy and pea crops to create unique blends of functional proteins from bovine and porcine origins. The proteins, selected based on their specific functionality, will ultimately target manufacturers of meat analogues. “The specific code of instructions determines which protein is expressed by the plant cell. The instructions are based on publicly available information on the target animal’s genetic information.”
Molecular farming describes the production of biomolecules and commercial products using plants, rather than bioreactors and fermentation. Molecular what?
In doing so, co-founders Gastón Paladini, Martín Salinas and Henk Hoogenkamp aim to improve the affordability of animal-free solutions in the food supply chain. This week, the company announced it is expanding its portfolio into plant-based beverages and bakery.
Moolec is leveraging the ‘increasing utilization’ of oat protein in the alternative dairy space for the plant-based beverage market. Specifically, the ag-food tech is functionalising oat concentrates with co-expressed whey protein. Expanding dairy protein portfolio
Less than four months on, and it appears the Moolec team has made some significant breakthroughs: its pipeline has since broadened to include products based on oat and ovum protein. When FoodNavigator caught up with the agri-food tech back in November 2020, we were told that dairy and egg alternatives were out of scope, but ‘not totally off the board’. “It depends what we stumble across in our research,” revealed CPO Hoogenkamp.
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