Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > Solazyme and Roquette Sign Agreement to Create Global Nutritional Joint Venture

Abstract:
Joint Venture will accelerate the Commercialization of Revolutionary Microalgae-Based Healthy Food Ingredients and Oils

Solazyme and Roquette Sign Agreement to Create Global Nutritional Joint Venture

South San Francisco, CA & Lestrem, France | Posted on November 8th, 2010

Solazyme, Inc. the California-based leader in renewable oil and bioproducts and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company headquartered in France, today announce that they have signed a joint venture (JV) agreement for the production, commercialization and market development of microalgae-derived food ingredients, subject to regulatory approvals and notifications.

The JV is being formed to launch an entirely new category of natural, healthy and functional ingredients based on microalgae that provide superior nutritional properties along with outstanding taste and texture. Solazyme-Roquette Nutritionals plans to launch a variety of oil, protein and fiber based products aimed at delivering improved performance with a vastly superior health profile compared to ingredients in the market today.

The JV, which will be 50% owned by each parent company, will be named Solazyme-Roquette Nutritionals, and will be operational by the beginning of 2011. The JV's management team and board of directors will be drawn from both parent companies with Solazyme's CEO, Jonathan Wolfson serving as the initial CEO of the JV. Roquette will fund and build a JV-owned, commercial-scale manufacturing plant with capacity in the tens of thousands of tons of annual production, sited at a Roquette corn wet mill. In addition, Roquette will provide upfront licensing payments to Solazyme and working capital to fund the JV until reaching profitability.

This JV combines Roquette's history and capabilities as a global food ingredient supplier with Solazyme's highly innovative microalgae-based technology. Like Solazyme, Roquette has been actively developing a microalgal nutritional platform and runs the ALGOHUB® program while currently selling algae-based nutritional products. Roquette also possesses strong global manufacturing assets, and access to carbohydrate feedstock in multiple geographies through its network of highly efficient mills. In addition, the JV will leverage Roquette's large, global nutritional sales force to stimulate rapid market entry and provide access to major food companies worldwide. The merger of Roquette's extensive resources with Solazyme's revolutionary microalgae-derived food ingredient technology, which includes heart-healthy algal flours and oils, will provide solutions that improve both product functionality and nutritional profile in large market food ingredient applications.

"Roquette is a family-owned company with outstanding values which create the basis for a long-term relationship with Solazyme. Beyond that, Roquette provides a total package including feedstock, manufacturing and applications expertise, and robust sales, marketing and customer relationships," says Jonathan Wolfson, CEO and co-founder of Solazyme. "Combined with Solazyme's technology, the joint venture is extremely well-equipped to commercialize revolutionary natural products into the food industry that provide all of the performance benefits consumers have come to expect, while providing the improved nutritional profiles they deserve."

"Solazyme and Roquette share a very clearly-defined vision that microalgae will provide a major new class of food ingredients and we enter this JV very enthusiastic about the future," says Guy Talbourdet, CEO of Roquette. Marc Roquette, Chairman of Roquette continued, "We believe that along with Roquette, Solazyme possesses the most innovative microalgal food ingredient technology in the world, and we look forward to using our extensive skills and assets to help bring this technology to market."

####

About Solazyme
Solazyme, Inc. is a renewable oil and bioproducts company and the leader in algal biotechnology. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in South San Francisco, Solazyme’s unique technology produces renewable oils and biomaterials in standard fermentation facilities quickly, efficiently and at large scale. These oils and biomaterials provide replacements for fossil petroleum and plant oils in a diverse range of products running from clean fuels and chemicals to cosmetics and foods. Solazyme’s oils provide compelling solutions to increasingly complex issues of fuel and food scarcity, energy security and environmental impact while fitting cleanly into the pre-existing multi-trillion dollar production, distribution and consumption infrastructure. Solazyme’s investors among others include Morgan Stanley, Braemar Energy Ventures, Harris & Harris Group, Lightspeed Venture Partners, The Roda Group, and VantagePoint Venture Partners. For more information, please visit our website at www.solazyme.com

About Roquette Frères
Founded in 1933 in Lestrem (Nord Pas de Calais – France), the ROQUETTE Group is one of the world’s leading starch producers. As a bio-refiner, it converts renewable natural resources (such as wheat, corn, potatoes and peas) into a range of ingredients for the food processing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries. Reliability, expertise, innovation, anticipating needs and supporting its customers lie at the heart of ROQUETTE’s products and services. Keen to build on its leadership position while continuing to innovate and diversify, this family-run business has made nutrition one of its key areas of development, expressed in tangible terms through an ambitious, dedicated research program, NUTRAHUB®. The aim of this program is to generate value from functional ingredients derived from plant raw materials, in particular microalgae. These last offer high potential in Nutrition and Health, and ROQUETTE Group runs a dedicated Research Program ALGOHUB®, with partners, launched 2 years ago, to develop new ingredients solutions. ROQUETTE has the objective to develop microalgae and extracts as high value-added ingredients. By the creation of this JV, ROQUETTE Group confirms its will to be a major actor in the microalgae industry, worldwide. For more information, please visit our website: www.roquette.com

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Peppercom
Lia LoBello, 212-931-6180

or
Solazyme
Genet Garamendi, 650-963-5228

or
Roquette - NUTRAHUB®
Philippe Caillat, +33-(0)3.21.63.39.73

or
Roquette – Corporate Press Relations
Marie-Laure Empinet, +33-(0)3.21.63.96.51

or
Roquette America
Gina Steffensmeier, 319-526 2295

Copyright © Business Wire

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Graphene holds up under high pressure: Used in filtration membranes, ultrathin material could help make desalination more productive April 24th, 2017

Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight multiple cancer types April 24th, 2017

Russian scientists create new system of concrete building structures: Sientists of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University developed a new construction technology April 24th, 2017

Nanomechanics, Inc. Unveils New Product at ICMCTF Show April 25th: Nanoindentation experts will launch the new Gemini that measures the interaction of two objects that are sliding across each other – not merely making contact April 21st, 2017

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Graphene holds up under high pressure: Used in filtration membranes, ultrathin material could help make desalination more productive April 24th, 2017

Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight multiple cancer types April 24th, 2017

NanoMONITOR shares its latest developments concerning the NanoMONITOR Software and the Monitoring stations April 21st, 2017

Better living through pressure: Functional nanomaterials made easy April 19th, 2017

Announcements

Graphene holds up under high pressure: Used in filtration membranes, ultrathin material could help make desalination more productive April 24th, 2017

Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight multiple cancer types April 24th, 2017

Russian scientists create new system of concrete building structures: Sientists of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University developed a new construction technology April 24th, 2017

Two-dimensional melting of hard spheres experimentally unravelled after 60 years: First definitive experimental evidence of two-dimensional melting of hard spheres April 21st, 2017

Food/Agriculture/Supplements

New technology could offer cheaper, faster food testing: Specialized droplets interact with bacteria and can be analyzed using a smartphone April 7th, 2017

Meta-lenses bring benchtop performance to small, hand-held spectrometer: Game-changing nanostructure-based lenses allow smaller devices, increased functionality February 9th, 2017

PCATDES Starts Field Testing of Photocatalytic Reactors in South East Asia December 28th, 2016

News from Quorum: The Agricultural Research Service of the USDA uses a Quorum Cryo-SEM preparation system for the study of mites, ticks and other soft bodied organisms November 22nd, 2016

Alliances/Trade associations/Partnerships/Distributorships

BASF and Landa partner to create revolutionary pigments for automotive coatings: The alliance combines BASF innovations with Landa nano-pigment technology April 5th, 2017

Leti Announces EU/South Korean Project for World’s First 5G-system Prototype: Coinciding with the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, Prototype Will Be First Time State-of-the-art Terrestrial Wireless Communication Is Seamlessly Combined with Disruptive Satellite Communicati April 4th, 2017

ATTOPSEMI Technology Joins FDXcelerator Program to Deliver Advanced Non-Volatile Memory IP to GLOBALFOUNDRIES 22 FDX® Technology Platform: Leading-edge I-fuse™ brings higher reliability, smaller cell size and ease of programmability for consumer, automotive, and IoT applications March 27th, 2017

Leti and HORIBA Scientific to Host Webinar on Ultrafast Characterization Tool: Plasma Profiling Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer Tool Cuts Optimization Time In Layer Deposition and Fabrication of Wide Range of Applications March 27th, 2017

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project