NutriteQ receives research funding

The Detmold-based company NutriteQ is to receive a grant of just under €200,000 from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), to assist with the implementation of its “Functional peptide sequences in residues from the food and agricultural industries” project. The company will also invest €250,000 of its own resources in the project.

Its project partner, the NRW Institute for Food Technology at the OWL University of Applied Sciences, has developed a process under the leadership of Prof. Danneel to create high-quality nutrients from protein-rich residue. In this new procedure, proteins are specially treated with enzymes, creating ‘peptides’, hydrolysed proteins that can be used in a variety of ways.

Peptides are organic compounds with similar chemical properties to proteins. Using a new method of separation, Danneel and his team are able to make peptide sequences that are especially flavourful, nutritional and health-promoting. Functional peptides can lower blood pressure, reduce pain and inflammation, stimulate the immune system, and regenerate connective tissue. Funding of €550,000 could be awarded for the project, which is to be carried out together with the OWL University. Its commercial use will be assessed during the study – according to Managing Director Claus Vollmer, there are an incredible number of extremely promising potential uses.

NutritQ is a research, development and consulting company active primarily in the food and animal feed industries. The organization has many customers in these areas across the whole of Europe. The company was formed in 2011 and employs 5 staff – and due to rapid development, the business had to relocate to a new premises. Since September 1st, NutriteQ has been working with laboratories, technical departments and offices in the Lemgo West industrial area.