Roquette eyes protein sweeteners from fermentation to meet demand for healthier alternatives to sugar

The company has announced its investment in Magellan Life Sciences Ltd., a UK biotech company that develops plant-inspired proteins through a fermentation process and which has developed a unique proprietary expression and fermentation platform to produce new generations of protein sweeteners. The seed round was led by Roquette Ventures and completed with investments from US-based SOSV and three European business angels and will be used for optimization and scaling up of the manufacturing process of the protein sweeteners.

Edouard Nuttin, General Manager of Roquette Ventures, said the French company seeks to help accelerate the development of Magellan’s protein sweeteners to an industrial scale as they contribute negligible calories at the intended levels of usage while still maintaining the sweetness profile required by the applications and formulations.

The protein sweeteners are promising proteins for the food and beverage industries as they taste ‘almost identical to sucrose’, are stable under a wide variety of thermal and chemical conditions and boast a much higher sweetening power and can thus help meet rising consumer demand for healthier alternatives to sugar.

“In a context of global health challenges such as the rise of sugar-related diseases like diabetes or obesity, Magellan’s protein sweeteners have a tremendous potential to meet the increasing demand of consumers for healthier alternatives to sugar,”​ said Nuttin. “Roquette Ventures’ core mission is to invest in pioneer innovations for food, nutrition and health markets. When we heard about Magellan Life Sciences and its work on protein sweeteners, we found a total match with that mission and quickly decided to help accelerate the development of these products to an industrial scale.”

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