October 14, 2021


NUQO© and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria partner on research into phytogenics and phycogenics



NUQO© and the Center of Excellence (CoE) Food Technology and Nutrition from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria has announced a formal collaboration to advance research in the biochemistry of phytogenics and phycogenics (metabolites from plants and seaweeds) to develop potential technologies for animal nutrition and health.

"The CoE Food Technology and Nutrition in Wels is a leader in the field of plant biochemistry, and we look forward to partnering with their team to focus on discovering and advancing new metabolites from plants and seaweeds and processes to potentially address complex challenges of the feed industry," said NUQO CEO Ewenn Helary.

Under the partnership, NUQO will work with scientists at Wels to evaluate new molecules that have promise to advance toward feed application. Specific projects may be spun out and advanced in NUQO's pipeline, with an opportunity for scientists from Wels to support company leaders and guide ongoing development.

"NUQO's unique approach and support for having researchers stay involved in development made it an easy decision to partner with them in translating our discoveries into potential solutions," said Julian Weghuber, Head of the CoE Food Technology and Nutrition from the University of Applied Sciences. "We look forward to the collaboration and empowering our multidisciplinary scientists to advance their research."

Thanks to this partnership, researchers from both teams will develop analytical methods to identify and characterise metabolites from plants or algae (phytogenics and phycogenics).

"The R&D facility in Wels has several in-vitro and in-vivo models in house that will help better understand the modes of action of selected phytogenics and phycogenics, especially their effects on cytotoxicity, bioavailability, antioxidant activity and immune-modulation" said NUQO technical director Stephanie Ladirat.

The project will also evaluate disruptive manufacturing processes based on micro-encapsulation or biotransformation for optimal application in feed.

As part of an ongoing effort to translate research into concrete technologies for the animal nutrition, NUQO will continue to seek long-term partnerships with similar institutions that are rooted in trust, engagement, science and respect in order to drive forward its mission of offering exclusive technologies to the feed industry.