Disruptive Innovation in Whey-Waste Management

Scientists at ACIES BIO developed innovative technology to address a major economic and environmental issue for the dairy industry: waste whey.
Waste whey, produced by the dairy industry as much as 200 million tones annually, is due to its high organic content, a heavy pollutant and environmental burden and represents a great expense for dairy industry. Because of high water content, whey is also very costly to transport offsite for processing and utilization and much of the waste whey ends up being processed at expensive wastewater treatment systems. The innovative and IP-pending GMO-free technology uses a unique and economic bioprocess to utilize whey as a primary ingredient for microbial fermentation to produce a sustainable high-value product, namely vitamin B12. At the same time the technology greatly reduces the negative impact on the environment by almost eliminating entire organic content, thus enabling a drastically reduced costs of wastewater treatment.

Within public call "Enhancing innovation potential and competences in companies", Acies Bio was recognised as one of the innovative companies with best potential to contribute to international competitiveness of Slovenia through smart specialisation.

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Acies was part of Bio World 2017, a unique forum for industry global leaders, policy makers and investors.  
The action is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and European Union from European Regional Development Fund.

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