Successful 70 000 liters scale-up validation of AFYREN’s semi-industrial fermentation

AFYREN, the specialized company into carboxylic acids using the fermenting process, announced the successful results of the industrial scale-up of its AFYNERIE technology. The Company, based at the Biopôle of Clermont-Limagne, Saint-Beauzire (France), realized a major industrial proof-of-concept through the validation of its fermenting technology with 70 000 liters. The erected platform, located at Cristal Union’s site in Clermont-Ferrand, led to the production of “hundreds of kilograms » of bio-based organic acids from « tons of sugar-based by-products. These acetic, propionic, butyric, isobutyric, valeric, isovaleric and caproic acids are dedicated to the nutrition, chemicals, and cosmetic sectors”.

«Based on this scale-up AFYREN is joining the exclusive ranks of Biotech Start-ups ready for industrialization of production. This success helps us working with confidence on our fund raising objective», welcomes Nicolas Sordet, AFYREN’s CEO, adding that « clearly we are raising 10 millions of euros to finance our growth, our scale up from industrial pilot to production scale, and indeed to represent us as one of the most advanced companies in the world when it comes to bio-based products substitutable to petro-sourced molecules».

This further step on the road to full-scale production is now being taken and it will allow the company to reinforce its expectations for the construction of an industrial unit. « Currently we are involved on the industrial deployment of the process into an existing fully integrated sugar industrial platform, with high potential of technical and services-based synergies. The objective being to construct the first industrial unit in France », emphasizes Jérémy Pessiot, AFYREN’s Founder & Managing Director.

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