There are several limitation with the current process of insect protein production
Continuous and large-scale growing of flies on each site is required.
Adult fly growth constitute 50% of the total factory cost.
transporting tons of organic waste to the factories. Generation of 1 ton larvae flour needs 10 tons of organic waste for feeding.
We are developing novel methods for freezing the fly eggs and condensing them in large quantities for easy defrost on organic waste. The defrosted eggs will develop into larvae which will eat the waste and rapidly increase their mass. The grown larvae will be harvested and processed into protein meal. We are utilizing two different approaches for enabling the freezing and defrosting of the fly– one approach is based on a chemical protocol and the other on manipulation of the fly metabolism
The frozen flies are tightly packed in a “bomb” which can be shipped worldwide to organic waste concentrations. There, upon demand, the eggs will defrost and develop into larvae.
We plan to apply our technology on other insect species which are used either as biological control agents or as a protein source for the food industry
B.Sc in biology with an emphasis on biotechnology, Tel Aviv University. M.Sc. and currently at the final stages of Ph.D. at the Weizmann institute, studying the paternal mitochondrial degradation after fertilization in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
BSc in life sciences in the special research program at Tel Aviv University. Currently at my last year of the direct PhD track at the Weizmann Institute of Science, studying neuronal remodeling during development. In my research, I use the neurons of Drosophila melanogaster as a model system, focusing on both the genetic and the transcription levels. We revealed a hierarchical transcription factors network that governs developmental axon remodeling.
B.Sc in biology with an emphasis on biotechnology, Tel Aviv University. M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the Weizmann institute, studying protein-protein interactions within the programmed cell death network. Co-founder of Biobuy.co.il, Work experience at Matrix Ltd.
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