Event Explore the journey to microbial protein marvels


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Powering the food and feed revolution by strategic investments for scale-up Don’t miss this occasion! ILVO and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant are opening their doors featuring demonstrations and testimonials focused on microbial protein production and processing.

Newly available research and scale-up equipment will be showcased. Companies and policy makers will highlight the strength of these investments and explore the great opportunity. And finally, first results of microbial protein production, processing and analyses using this lab and pilot infrastructure will be showcased.

After lunch, participants will follow a one-hour tour with demonstrations through each of the pilot plants: Food Pilot and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP).

Organized by ILVO and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. Investments were funded with the support of The Flemish Department of Economy, Science and Innovation, EFRO VLAIO, and the Province of Oost-Vlaanderen, for the projects Microbial Protein Transition, INNOLAB, FERM EIWIT, Bio Base Release, and Bio Base Advance.

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  • 10:00 — 18:00
  • Free participation after registration. Due to the cost for lunch and bus transport, we are forced to implement a no-show fee of €50 per participant. In case you cannot participate, you can delegate a colleague or choose for annulation. In both cases, please inform karen.verstraete@ilvo.vlaanderen.be.
  • ILVO, Melle with demos at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Desteldonk) and Food Pilot (Melle)


Welcome reception with coffee @Food Pilot, Melle
Brewing proteins – Yes, we can!
• Introduction – Wim Soetaert, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP)
• Policy makers guide us through the value chain
Investments in lab and pilot infrastructure empowering the Microbial Protein Transition – Yes, we did!
• Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant and ILVO: Team work makes the dream work – Lieve Herman, ILVO; Sam De Campeneere, ILVO and Hendrik Waegeman, BBEPP
Triggering testimonials and case studies – Yes, we have!
o From potato peels to single cell protein, what’s in it for the food industry? Scaling the Cupriavidus necator biomass fermentation and screening functionalities and textures for food application – Geert Van Royen, ILVO and Lena Decuyper, BBEPP
o Steel mills & fish feed: a match made in heaven? Conversion of carbon emissions into ethanol and proteins valorized in aquaculture. Kristof Verbeeck, ArcelorMittal-Steelanol; Koen Meynen, Kemin and Nele Ameloot, UGent
o Help, I have a fermentation side stream! Valorization towards feed applications of the microbial side streams of food enzyme production - Annatachja De Grande, ILVO and Pieter De Brabander, BBEPP
o Cheese protein from a scaled-up stainless steel cow! Testimonial on the scale-up of the fermentation process for the production of casein, the main protein in cheese – Hille van der Kaa, Those Vegan Cowboys
Closure and wrap-up
Lunch @Food Pilot, Melle
Showtime! Stretch those legs during our live demonstrations @Food Pilot, Melle & @BBEPP, Desteldonk
Participants will follow a one-hour tour with demonstrations through each of the pilot plants: Food Pilot and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP). BBEPP offers a more general tour as well as a deep-tech tour, diving or deep-diving into the technical specifications of the MPT investments. An organized bus ride, enhanced with matchmaking opportunities, will connect both facilities.
Networking reception @Food Pilot, Melle