To meet growing demand for functional ingredients of natural origin in consumer products, we implement a unique, high-performance innovation process based on our ALTANØØV® technology platform.

Our ambition: to shorten the development cycle for new fermentation processes

Our commitment: one new process implemented at scale per year

Innovation at the heart of the METEX culture

From optimising bioprocesses in the laboratory to validating them by producing samples, our multi-disciplinary teams master all the stages involved in developing fermentation processes.


R&D staff

+ More than 400

patents filed

A portfolio of around


processes under development

Thanks to our knowledge of bacterial biochemistry acquired over almost 25 years, we are able to regularly add to our portfolio of processes under development. We draw on :

  • Bioinformatics tools, i.e. a system for processing and linking data
  • A library of several thousand genetic constructs
  • Proprietary genetic tools to speed up the development of “super producers”

Development time halved

We identify fermentation processes that are relevant to different sectors, where the natural origin and performance of the product are key differentiating factors. They must be technically feasible and achieve the desired performance, to offer a robust and profitable alternative to industrial chemistry, while reducing the environmental impact.

The processes are then developed in just 12-36 months, compared with 4-8 years for conventional approaches, and are then optimised in an industrial demonstrator in just 24 months through the production of samples and application tests.

METEX has several projects at various stages of maturity, from technological feasibility to pre-industrial maturation, with the aim of rolling out one new process at scale per year.

ALTANØØV® innovation cycle

Processes validated in demonstrators ​

Located in the Clermont-Limagne life sciences technology park in Auvergne, our industrial demonstrator integrates fermentation, separation and purification. It is modular and can be adapted to the development of each process, taking into account the industrial, energy and environmental constraints of large-scale production.