R&D and Biotechnology

Osiris has a winner at the World Innovation Competition with Drop2Feed

23 July 2014

Last April, France initiated a World Innovation Competition (Concours Mondial d’Innovation) as part of its Investing in the Future Programme (Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir). The government has just published a list of the first 110 winning projects which includes “Drop2Feed” submitted by the Soufflet Group. Jean-Marc Ferullo, Head of the Biotechnology Division represented the Group at the awards ceremony organised at Elysée Palace with President Hollande attending.

innovation2030_OSIRISA new screening technology
The Drop2Feed project is part of the Soufflet Group Research Department’s innovation strategy, Osiris, in the food and agriculture sector. Drop2Feed is aimed at developing a new generation of natural additives for animal feed. At present, the additives available contain microbial enzymes able to improve the digestibility of cereals in farm animals. Drop2Feed proposes to take advantage of new high speed screening and sequencing technology, called digital microfluidics, in order to select new micro-organisms and enzymes favouring the assimilation of low-nutrition cereal fractions such as spent grain which is hard for farm animals to digest.

Current and potential developments
Since 2008, the Group’s research activity has intensified in biotechnology, especially with the Osiris project. In particular, the research programme has developed the screening of industrial micro-organisms by means of digital microfluidics.
The research and development work has resulted in several scientific publications, doctoral theses and patents.

The backers of the Osiris Drop2Feed project – Soufflet Group.

Majdi Najah: Strategic Development Manager

Benoît Delord: Head of Animal Nutrition Projects

Antoine Drevelle: Research Manager

Our approach

Right from the outset, the Soufflet Group developed itself in the wheat and barley industries by broadening the scope of its activities and acquiring more in-depth expertise from collection to transformation. Controlling all aspects of the production chain, in order to serve all its stakeholders, has always been our culture.