December 7, 2017
Calysta, 2 UK partners win award of excellence
Feed product innovator Calysta Inc. and two partners have been awarded the 2017 IChemE Global Team Award for excellence at Calysta's UK production facility in Teesside, England.
Calysta, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Otto Simon Ltd received the award for design, construction and successful launch of Calysta's new market introduction facility in Teesside. The plant uses Calysta's innovative gas-phase fermentation process to produce FeedKind® protein, a feed-quality protein for use in fish and livestock feed.
John McGagh, president of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), which grants the award, said: "IChemE's Team Award is important because it celebrates collaboration and diversity of thinking-something that is integral to robust, sustainable outcomes that benefit society".
"Calysta UK, the Centre for Process Innovation and Otto Simon have proved this through their winning project. They have delivered a plant with environmental and ecological impact at the forefront of the planning process, and delivered a facility which will ultimately tackle one of the biggest issues facing the population-food security", he added.
Graham Aylen, Calysta vice president, cited the "excellent" engineering collaboration from the project team. "Samples have been distributed worldwide for feeding trials, marking a significant step towards engineering a sustainable food source for the growing global population", he said.
'Very effective collaboration'
Kris Wadrop, platform director in CPI said, "Structuring the project team and the execution programme to take us from a blank sheet of paper through the design stages to a detailed construction, commissioning and operational programme were critical in enabling such a complex fast-track project to be successful".
For his part, Peter Creer of Otto Simon said, "Otto Simon enjoyed a very effective collaboration with Calysta and CPI on the project, which was key to delivering this unique plant successfully and safely against a very tight deadline.
"It is rewarding to have been part of a project that has the potential to make such a major contribution to society, and we are delighted that our team's achievements have been recognized with such a prestigious award."
Calysta's manufacturing facility in Teesside is state-of-the-art, and last May, Calysta announced the successful production of the first four tonnes of FeedKind protein in the facility. To date, Calysta says the Teesside plant has produced over 10 tonnes.
FeedKind protein is a family of natural, sustainable and traceable feed ingredients for fish, livestock and pets. It is a non-animal source of protein approved for sale and use in the EU.
Shrimp fed a diet including FeedKind protein was found to have had equivalent or higher survival and growth when compared with shrimp fed a standard fishmeal-based diet.