December 30, 2022

Vivici B.V. incorporated to bring animal-free dairy proteins to market

Vivici B.V. incorporated to bring animal-free dairy proteins to market

Delft, Netherlands - 30th December 2022 - Vivici B.V. has been incorporated in the Netherlands as of 30th December 2022, established to commercialise dairy proteins produced by precision fermentation. Using precision fermentation, animal-free protein can be produced sustainably and consistently. This is a viable alternative to animal agriculture as a source of protein, contributing to a sustainable and resilient future food system.

Founded by DSM and Fonterra, Vivici leverages decades of experience in developing and scaling bio-processes and holds world-leading knowledge in the isolation and application of dairy proteins. For several years, Fonterra and DSM have been collaborating on the use of precision fermentation to produce nature-equivalent dairy proteins. Read here to learn more about how Vivici produces its proteins.

The Netherlands is an ideal location for Vivici due to its strong biotechnology heritage, cellular agricultural ecosystem and access to talent. The Dutch government recently announced the world's largest government grant for cellular agriculture. The €60m investment package will support, amongst other things, developing fundamental and applied knowledge, making scale-up facilities available and ensuring access to well qualified people.

As founding parent companies, Fonterra and DSM are pleased to see the stand-alone venture incorporated to make precision fermentation of dairy proteins a reality.

Komal Mistry-Mehta, Fonterra Chief Innovation & Brand Officer, says:

“Vivici is an exciting opportunity to combine dsm-firmenich’s world-leading precision fermentation expertise with Fonterra’s world-leading dairy science and technology. This partnership aligns well withthe Co-op’s strategy to be a leader in dairy innovation and science.”

 Pieter Wolters, Managing Director of dsm-firmenich Venturing adds:

“We are thrilled to be a founding investor in Vivici BV’s Series Seed capital raise. Vivici has the foundation for success and builds on multiple years of joint technology and application development, and now is well positioned as an agile startup company”.

If you would like to know more about Vivici, please use the contact form here.

About Fonterra

Fonterra Cooperative Group is a global exporter of dairy products, a leader in dairy science and innovation, owner of a significant portfolio of brands in Asia Pacific, and a partner to many of the world's leading food companies. Fonterra is headquartered in New Zealand, with offices in more than 40 countries around the world.

About DSM-Firmenich

We are dsm-firmenich – innovators in nutrition, health, and beauty. We bring progress to life by combining the essential, the desirable, and the sustainable. From our master perfumers and flavorists to our expert nutritionists and scientists, our trailblazing teams work closely with customers, supporting their ambitions with 150+ years of R&D expertise. With a passionate and talented team of close to 30,000 employees, we are determined to be a force for good. And to work together to positively impact people and planet. #webringprogresstolife

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