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Angel Yeast unveils new yeast and biotechnology R&D center

Monday, July 19, 2021

Angel Yeast opened a purpose-built complex for industry technology research and development. Unveiled in June, the complex marks a major milestone for the group’s scientific research process, as Angel Yeast continues to support the technological advancement of the biotechnology industry.

Located in Yichang City, Hubei Province in central China, the center spans a total area of 36,000 m2 and can house up to 1,500 people engaged in R&D and related work. More than CNY196 million ($30 million) has been invested to date. After it is put into operation, Angel Yeast estimates that over $60 million will be allocated annually into scientific research, with the aim to transform the complex into a leading global yeast technology research platform and a world-class biotechnology product R&D center.

“We are thrilled to open our new R&D complex after more than a year of planning and construction. We believe this project will further accelerate the advancement of Angel Yeast’s innovation system in major industries, including yeast and yeast derivatives, healthy ingredients and raw materials, nutrition and healthcare, and non-yeast related biotechnologies,” said Xiong Tao, chairman of Angel Yeast.

The company’s new R&D complex contains nine technical centers respectively for yeast and enzyme, industrial and brewing microbiology, protein nutrition and food flavoring, baking and Chinese dim sum, agricultural biotechnology, environmental protection, industrial innovation, nutrition & health, and testing.

Researchers at Angel Yeast’s complex will concentrate their efforts on exploring plant-based meat alternatives, food flavor enhancements, gut health and probiotics, clean nutritional sources for fermentation, immune health and sports nutrition, alternatives to antibiotics, and yeast production and sustainable development.

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