Unlocking the Potential of Fatty Acids
KEY FUNctional products in many applications
Fatty Acids and fatty acid-derived products are at the core of many industries. As such, from key food ingredients to personal care and cosmetics, these molecules integrate a variety of functions and uses. Despite this, sources of fatty acids are mostly plant-based, and some fatty acid-derived products are particularly difficult or costly to produce and extract in sustainable ways.
At Biopetrolia, we develop microbes for the sustainable production of specialty fatty acid-derived products. Through a purely biological process, we can produce key ingredients from sustainably-sourced raw materials. This technology allows us to fine-tune properties such as chain-length and saturation, to get the best properties for different applications.
We provide a new source of fatty acids
Why an Alternative to Fatty Acid Production?
Provided by natural oils, fatty acids are essential in food, personal care and many other industries worldwide.
Currently, production of many fatty acids has either negative environmental impact or high associated costs.
Many products with interesting properties are only scarcely found in rare sources. This makes their extraction and production difficult and not economically feasible.
"With our platform, we want to produce important fatty acid products that are either difficult to source or are currently sourced unsustainably"
Anastasia Krivoruchko, Co-founder & CEO
Our Solution: Yeast Biotechnology
Tackling Global Challenges
Fermentation is a biological process usually found all around us, its main spotlight being on the production of beer, wine and bioethanol. At the core of these traditional fermentation processes we find yeast cells: microbes whose purpose is to transform sugars into alcohol!
At Biopetrolia, we focus on bioengineering yeast cells. In other words, modifying the yeast we all know and giving it new purposes. After that, these cells are put to work on fermentation, but with a fundamental difference in outcome: instead of alcohol, our proprietary yeast can now produce functional fatty acid-derived products, with applications in different industries.
With this technology, we can focus on producing fatty acids that are either difficult to find in nature, or whose traditional production is associated with unsustainable practices. In the end, this means a more sustainable, cost-competitive and scalable solution.
What happened recently
We are seeking a bright and enthusiastic research assistant to support our scientists in development of yeast cell factories for production of fatty acid-based ingredients. Successful applicants will be involved in strain construction, strain cultivation, metabolite analysis, as well as…
Jens Nielsen, Biopetrolia’s co-founder and chairman of the BoD, has been named as the recipient of the inaugural Gregory N. Stephanopoulos Award for Metabolic Engineering. The award recognizes prominent scientists and engineers who have made seminal contributions to the industrial…
We are currently looking for research scientists to work on metabolic engineering projects. Position summary: We are seeking bright and enthusiastic research scientists to work on developing yeast cell factories for production of fatty acid-based ingredients. Successful applicants will be…