Transforming industrial waste carbon dioxide emissions into alternative protein food and feed ingredients.

Company Details

Sunnyvale, United States
Not Fundraising

Management Team

David Tze avatar

David Tze


Joachim Ritter avatar

Joachim Ritter


Kedar Patel avatar

Kedar Patel

Senior Vice President, Biology

Satish Lakhapatri avatar

Satish Lakhapatri

Vice President, Engineering

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About NovoNutrients

The problem we're solving:

Climate change and conventional food production threaten to make our world increasingly unliveable. The problems grow as a swelling global middle class needs more energy, goods, and high-status protein. Those very things have expanding global warming potential and water and land use.

Our solution:

Food & feed from CO2: we’ll capture megatons of carbon, add hydrogen, and make high-margin, clean proteins and products to feed the world. NovoNutrients's technology platform comprises novel bioreactors, natural and efficient consortia of adapted, non-GMO microbes, and a range of protein ingredients that can, optionally, be enhanced with integrated additives (made by NovoNutrients' powerful expression model GMOs, where regulations allow). They make protein that will be lower-cost, higher-quality, and more sustainable than beef, fish, fungus, or soy. It has less than 1/30th the global warming potential of soy, and uses an even smaller fraction of land and water.

Our differentiator:

NovoNutrients uses the most abundant and least expensive forms of carbon and dense energy: carbon dioxide and hydrogen in mixed, impure forms. Their bacterial protein is faster growing and more nutritious than other approaches to protein. The team is practical rather than merely academic or visionary. They can produce proteins and products in a carbon negative way. NovoNutrients’ business model is progressive: revenues will phase from partners’ technology access fees, to joint ventures, to licensing and services, to product sales from owned and operated plants.

Our biggest achievement:

NovoNutrients have assembled “the” top people across gas fermentation, biology, and chemical engineering, from Calysta, DuPont, Zymergen, Novozymes, Amyris, and more. The company has achieved continuous, productive fermentation that makes a protein that with winning quality, cost, and sustainability. NovoNutrients has regulatory approval in Japan for use in aquaculture and animal feeds, after successful salmonid trials. NovoNutrients has established that their technologies enable a lower than standard cost of hydrogen, whether mixed or pure, gray or green. NovoNutrients have license and/or co-funding agreements with a quicklime manufacturing company and a global conglomerate with interests in carbon, hydrogen, food, and feed. NovoNutrients is ready to pilot and move quickly to commercial production.