Startup creating animal-free dairy proteins | 2021-06-10
TEL AVIV, ISRAELL – Israeli startup Imaginedairy, Ltd. creates animal-free dairy proteins through precision fermentation.
The company’s proprietary technology recreates nature-identical, animal-free versions of whey and casein proteins that can be used to produce dairy analogues. With the flavor, texture, functionality and nutritional value of their animal-derived counterparts, proteins open up new opportunities to develop a full line of non-dairy products that mimic dairy versions but are cholesterol and GMO free, a said Eyal Afergan, PhD, co-founder and CEO of Imagindairy.
“Our microflora-based production method was inspired by nature to recreate these proteins,” he said. “The unique protein structure of cow’s milk is what gives it its characteristic texture, flavor and nutritional value. Whey is a key source of highly biologically available protein. Imagindairy’s animal-free dairy products offer the same complement of nutrients, from protein content to mineral composition, including calcium.
The company was co-founded by a multidisciplinary team of experts in microbiology, computer systems and biotechnology with the support of The Kitchen FoodTech hub based in Israel. The team is led by Mr. Afergan with Arie Abo, PhD, specialist in protein biochemistry, and Tamir Tuller, PhD, professor at Tel Aviv University.
The startup started its activities at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, building its first application lab in the home kitchen of one of its employees. It has already raised $ 1.5 million in seed funding, led by The Kitchen FoodTech hub, with participation from the Israel Innovative Authority, CPT Capital, New Crop Capital and Entrée Capital, and will soon enter its series. of A-round financing.