Industrial biotechnology R&D projects at IRIS focus on the utilization of waste and by-products as sources for conventional and C1-gas fermentation processes for production of biomass, high quality protein, enzymes and polymers. IRIS has been working within microbial fermentation for more than 25 years together with its subsidiary company Biosentrum. The development of the bioprocess/fermentation centre in Risavika is based on broad R&D expertise within bio-based sciences, and the aim of this centre is to develop an international hub for research, development and piloting of new fermentation processes.
Novel high quality food and feed ingredients from low value industrial by-products
IRIS is working on national and international projects funded by the industry, the Research Council of Norway and the EU on research focusing on increasing the value and optimizing the use of industrial by-products. Our projects focus on creating high value compounds from aquaculture by-products and off-cuts and meat industry manufacturing low value off cuts, including high fat fractions and dairy industry side-streams. These projects are in line with ongoing national and international initiatives towards sustainable production and contribute positively to the new bioeconomy, producing high value compounds and biomass
and production is a prerequisite for the bioconversion of biomass
. IRIS together with Biosentrum continue to produce and develop enzymatic production platforms.
Bioproduction from gas fermentation has become one of the strategic pillars of the institute. In the future, technology developed on fermentation on natural gas will enable biogas and other C1 gasses to be used for production of higher value products.
With a fast-growing aquaculture industry responding to global demands, new sources of high quality feeds are sought after to support higher fish production and productivity. IRIS is working on industry and Research Council funded projects investigating microbial fermentation processes using sustainable carbon sources such as CO2 and industrial by-products for the production of high protein biomass or biomass rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.