Production of human milk fat substitutes

Lead Research Organisation: Rothamsted Research
Department Name: Plant Biology & Crop Science


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Description In this Follow-on Funding Pathfinder project a market assessment and IP searches were made for the production of human milk fat substitute, which is an ingredient in infant formulas.
Exploitation Route The findings have bene used to build a better commercial understanding of the product, to build links with potential licensees and industrial collaborators and to apply for translational funding through BBSRC NIBBs and the Standard Follow-on Fund.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

Description This pathfinder led to a small collaborative project with the UK algal biotech company Algenuity to explore whether algae can be used to produce human milk fat substitute (HMFS)for infant formula. Subsequently it has also led to further work to produce HMFS in oilseed rape and oleaginous yeast, filing of a patent application and to confidential discussions and material exchange with several large agri-biotech and food companies.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Societal,Economic

Description Phyconet NIBB
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2016 
End 11/2016