A project undertaken by two PhD students at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), which began as a study into ways of improving electrodialysis systems, led instead to the discovery of a new technology for improving yields from fermentation processes. DTU advised the students to form a company in order to attract development capital, and the result was the start-up Jurag Separation A/S which is currently backed by DTU Innovation and Vækstfonden.
Jurag Separation's patented separation technology for improved yields from fermentation tanks has now attracted a big fish. Denmark's Chr. Hansen, a world leader in food ingredients, enzymes, and bacterial cultures for the dairy industry, has entered a licensing agreement that will put millions into Jurag's cash tank.
One of Jurag's four employees, MD Heinrich Biel, comments that the agreement means a great deal not only in terms of income but also for recognition, since the agreement with a major company like Chr. Hansen confirms the technology’s attractiveness for scalable solutions in industrial settings.
Chr. Hansen meanwhile sees the new technology as a useful building block for its future business. Knud Vindfeldt, executive vice president for enzymes and cultures, comments: "When fully implemented the technology can make our production more efficient, so we can better utilise our fermentation tanks and postpone investment in a new factory for a couple of years. At the same time it could help us to make new products, so we can use digestion-enhancing probiotic bacteria for other things than dairy products."
The news was reported by national daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende and on Jurag Separation's website.