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ICL and Protera Biosciences Develop Plant-Based mostly Options Utilizing AI

Collaboration advances fermentation and machine-learning to create novel, clean-label proteins

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Tel Aviv, Israel; November 23, 2022 –ICL (NYSE: ICL) (TASE: ICL), a number one world specialty minerals firm, at present introduced ICL Meals Specialties has joined forces with Protera Biosciences, an AI-driven foodTech start-up and designer of novel proteins, that are used to develop sustainable, extremely useful protein-based components for meals producers . The partnership follows ICL’s 2021 funding in Protera by way of ICL Planet Startup Hub, which is the car ICL makes use of to spend money on and collaborate with progressive firms in foodTech and agriTech on a worldwide foundation.

Via this partnership, ICL and Protera will develop and commercialize sustainable protein-based components utilizing precision fermentation. These clean-label components will deal with present market calls for and provide a alternative for chemical components or much less interesting components. They will even enhance the sensory properties in plant-based meals functions, whereas positively impacting the world’s meals safety challenges.

Protera is creating influence by madiTM, a deep-learning platform, which might predict and match the construction and performance of vegetable proteins. It designs proteins from a database of greater than 1.5 billion edible protein sequences and applies exact fermentation parameters for producing them. The outcomes deal with client demand for a brief checklist of easy components on meals labels.

The brand new platform additionally allows the invention of untapped plant-based proteins with excessive efficiency. These new components can exchange texturizers, stabilizers, preservatives and extra, all primarily based on plant proteins. The streamlining of plant protein improvement and manufacturing makes alternative of animal proteins a lot simpler, thereby serving to to additional scale back pollution reminiscent of methane and carbon dioxide.

“Due to this collaboration, we are able to provide novel components by way of breakthrough know-how at present not accessible in the marketplace,” says Hadar Sutovsky, ICL vp of Exterior Innovation and normal supervisor of ICL Planet. “As soon as these useful components are launched, meals producers will be capable to pace up improvement of clean-label and sustainable plant-based merchandise.”

“We’ll quickly be capable to present world market entry to those components for key meals producers, in a sustainable method,” says Rado Sporka, vp of the Meals Specialties Business Enterprise for ICL. “This may additional diversify and strengthen ICL’s engagement and choices within the different proteins house and speed up impactful options for world environmental challenges.”

“We’re enthusiastic about this collaboration with ICL Meals Specialties to carry new proteins to market,” provides Leonardo Alvarez, founder and CEO of Protera. “Combining the forces of our two firms will dramatically speed up our imaginative and prescient of utilizing biology to create protein-based components. We’re already validating useful targets within the lab, with unprecedented pace and accuracy.”

The analysis groups for the 2 firms are actively engaged on the event of those progressive protein-based components and, by this partnership, will be capable to scale up manufacturing as soon as the components are prepared for commercialization.

About ICL

ICL Group Ltd. is a number one world specialty minerals firm, which creates impactful options for humanity’s sustainability challenges within the meals, agriculture and industrial markets. ICL leverages its distinctive bromine, potash and phosphate sources, its world skilled workforce, and its sustainability centered R&D and technological innovation capabilities, to drive the corporate’s development throughout its finish markets. ICL shares are twin listed on the New York Inventory Alternate and the Tel Aviv Inventory Alternate (NYSE and TASE: ICL). The corporate employs greater than 12,500 individuals worldwide, and its 2021 revenues totaled roughly $7 billion.

About Protera Biosciences

Protera Biosciences is advancing the science of protein engineering to deal with a few of the most important issues and alternatives in meals, agriculture, setting, and human wellbeing. The corporate streamlines protein design and improvement with madi™, its proprietary deep-learning algorithm, to foretell efficient high-value protein merchandise and enzymes with unprecedented pace and accuracy. Go to http://proterabio.com for extra data.

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