Perfect Day partners with egg protein startup Onega Bio via nth Bio enterprise biology business

nth Bio – established in Salt Lake City, Utah earlier this year​ – will offer Onega Bio​ strain engineering, bioprocess development, regulatory support, and scale up process services as it attempts to commercialize animal-free ovalbumin (brand name ‘Bioalbumen’), the most abundant egg white protein, using precision fermentation.

As with animal-free dairy proteins, animal-free egg proteins – produced by genetically engineered microbes feeding on sugars in a fermentation tank – are designed to offer the nutritional and functional benefits of animal proteins (the proteins are bio-identical to those found in eggs), without the environmental, ethical and safety-related concerns associated with industrialized egg production.

Ovalbumin… the most prevalent protein in egg white

A startup spun out of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and founded by Maija Itkonen (CEO), Christopher Landowski (CTO) and Jussi Joensuu (COO), Onega Bio is not the first player to get into the animal-free egg white arena; ​The EVERY Co has launched EVERY ClearEgg, a highly soluble glycoprotein found in eggs, and EVERY EggWhite​, a combination of ovalbumin and other egg proteins made via precision fermentation using genetically engineered yeast strains following a partnership with Ingredion.

However, Onega Bio deploys a different micro-organism (a strain of Trichoderma fungi) to make its egg proteins.

Described by Perfect Day​ co-founder and CEO Ryan Pandya as “a serious new player in the field,” ​Onega Bio aims to target the US bakery and confectionery market in the first instance, but is also eyeing the protein supplements/fitness market and considering a move into the consumer market with its own branded products for baking and cooking.

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