Future Cleantech Commons tenant, Noblegen Inc., an advanced nutritional ingredient company, has achieved “self-GRAS” regulatory status for their protein-rich flour sourced from dried whole cell Euglena gracilis.
This is a major breakthrough for the company and means that Noblegen’s protein-rich euglena flour will be available to the U.S. market immediately. Congratulations to the Noblegen team![“GRAS” – by the way – is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe, a description of a substance that is subject to premarket review and approval by the U.S. FDA, unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use. As in this case, any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive and is subject to premarket review and approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. See also: FDA Publishes New GRAS Rule or consult the FDA website.]
Protein-rich euglena flour is a plant-based nutritional flour rich in complete protein, immune-supporting beta-glucan, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It is non-GMO, sustainable, and minimally processed using a proprietary fermentation technique.
“We’ve been working incredibly hard to bring our ingredients to market,” CEO and Founder of Noblegen, Adam Noble, told us.
“Nobegen’s protein-rich euglena flour fills a gap in the food system and a gap in nutrition. Euglena is a plant-based protein with some similar animal protein characteristics, that makes it one of the most complete plant-based proteins available today!”
Euglena protein is a complete plant-based, highly digestible protein, with a high amino acid score and a PDCAAS of 0.96. Noblegen’s Food Science and Culinary Team, and their strategic partners have successfully used the protein-rich euglena flour in applications ranging from protein bars to protein beverages, dairy analogues, meat analogues, egg analogues, and more.
“One of the biggest challenges with plant-based protein is protein quality, i.e. lack of some essential amino acids. That creates a major challenge for branded products to make protein claims. Noblegen’s protein-rich euglena flour not only provides complete amino acids (PDCAAS of 0.96) but also delivers excellent functional properties,” says Peeyush Maheshwari, Noblegen’s VP of Product Development.
“In addition to protein, this flour contains nutritious beta-glucan and lipids. Our protein is excellent for application in baked goods, savoury dishes, bars, and beverages.”
This marks a major milestone for Noblegen as the protein-rich euglena flour will be their first commercially available product.
Noblegen is an advanced nutritional ingredients company that makes unique protein, carbohydrate, and oil ingredients from a single microorganism called Euglena gracilis. Noblegen, founded in 2013, is dedicated to increasing global accessibility of sustainably produced, healthy ingredients. The company currently employs over 70 people at its Peterborough, Ontario location. To request a sample of protein-rich euglena flour or euglena beta-glucan isolate visit www.noblegen.com/contact.