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METabolic EXplorer announces the launch of inoLa (TM), a unique, innovative, 100% natural additive for animal nutrition

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Clermont-Ferrand, 18 April 2016 – METabolic EXplorer, a biological chemistry company that specialises in developing manufacturing bioprocesses for bio-based compounds used in a wide range of everyday products, including textile fibres, animal feed supplements and resins, announces the launch of a new animal feed additive based on its 100% natural L-Methionine.

At the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology being held in San Diego (USA), METabolic EXplorer announces today the launch of inoLaTM, a 100% natural nutritional additive rich in L-Methionine. Initially targeted on the US market, this unique, innovative additive has been developed to meet the market’s new expectations in the field of animal nutrition at a time when regulations are rapidly evolving (soon, for example, antibiotics will be phased out, creating a need for new nutritional and therapeutic formulations).

The launch of inoLaTM is in line with strong societal trends, notably regarding transparency, composition, quality, and the exposure to health risks posed by products consumed every day. The ambition of METabolic EXplorer is thus to provide livestock producers with the means to increase their production in healthier and more efficient ways.

Designed as a high-value-added additive, inoLaTM is a mixture rich in METEX L-Methionine, along with secondary amino acids and organic acids, each of which contributes to animal nutrition and/or health. This mixture may also be used as a base matrix for the development of innovative formulations.

inoLaTM capitalises on the early results obtained by METabolic EXplorer in its L-Methionine programme, about which information is also being provided during the BIO World Congress in San Diego.

These initial results from trials conducted at a French Agronomical Institute (INRA) experimental farm on a sample of more than 1,500 chickens show equivalent weight gains for chickens fed one dose of petrochemical-based DL-Methionine and for chickens fed a 20% smaller dose of METEX inoLa™. Besides demonstrating natural benefits, these initial results already suggest that this additive can significantly boost professional livestock producers’ competitiveness.

They also point to proven nutritional efficiency. When fed equal doses of additives, chickens receiving METEX inoLa™ consumed less feed while achieving an equivalent weight gain. For livestock producers, this sharply improved efficiency will translate into lower feed costs, which today represent over 60% of the cost of meat production.

As indicated, inoLaTM will be offered first in the American market. In January 2015, METabolic EXplorer obtained a “no-question letter” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its mixture rich in L-Methionine, which is now called inoLaTM.

METabolic EXplorer notes that a homologation request must be filed with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for newly developed animal nutrition products for the European market. This procedure is currently in progress.

With the new, internationally patented product inoLaTM, METabolic EXplorer is aiming to figure among the leaders in new animal nutrition*, in particular with the major companies in the nutritional additives sector.

* The world market for animal feed additives was estimated at $15 billion in 2013, with a forecast of more than $27 billion by 2020. (Source: World Animal Feed Additives Market – Opportunities and Forecasts, 2013 – 2020).




About METabolic EXplorer-

METabolic EXplorer is a biological chemistry company founded in 1999. Its aim is to harness its biotechnological innovations to contribute to the alternative production of consumer goods in respect of the environment and in response to the new social expectations of consumers.

Based on the tried and tested principle of industrial fermentation, METabolic EXplorer’s solutions replace today’s petrochemical processes with the use of a wide range of plant-based raw materials. By optimizing the metabolic yield of non-pathogenic bacteria in a contained, controlled environment, the company facilitates the production of chemical compounds used in a wide range of everyday goods (textile fibres, plastics, resins, solvents or feed supplements for animal nutrition and health).

METabolic EXplorer is currently focusing its alternative processes on the production of three compounds that together have an estimated, annual, end-market value of €7 billion. The company’s strategy will be implemented through industrial partnerships in the shape of licenses and joint ventures, as well as own-account production units.

METabolic EXplorer, based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, is listed on Euronext in Paris (Compartment C, METEX) and is part of the CAC Small index.


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