Philosopher’s stone is a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning metals into gold. Turning the worthless into the priceless. We hold a strong belief that insects will become the “philosopher’s stone” of the 21st century – a medium that will turn the waste into life-giving proteins, oils and nutraceuticals – the most sought substances in times of the global food deficiency. Over millions of years thousand of insects species have evolved to serve the sole purpose – process organic matter and assimilate biogenic elements. We aim to harness this power and use it to produce highest quality nutrients to meet the growing demands of feed and food industries. Carefully selected species of insects will be used in a process of “bio-recycling” to utilize the waste and agri-food industry by-products, and convert them into HiProMine products.
The possibilities are endless. Insects seem to be unlimited source of bio-active compounds. On-going research helps us to identify and investigate the new substances that might find the wide use in medicine, pharma&beauty and chemical industry. But for now we start with a very basic set of products.
01.2015 Startup Hub Poland seed fund and Giza Polish Ventures VC fund invested in the project on pre-seed stage of development
03.2015 with a help of the funds from NCBR (The National Centre for Research and Development) HiProMine was brought to life. Since than company focuses on research on insects as a feed component and development of innovative solutions for industrial breeding and rearing of insects. In August 2015 HiProMine R&D Centre was opened in Robakowo.
11.2015 Company received funds from National Centre of Research and Development from POIR 1.1.1. program
05.2016 HiProMine won Master of Innovation competition organized by BioForum
05.2016 HiProMine won Initiator of Innovation competition organized by Newsweek Poland
06.2016 HiProMine took first place in Poland international UBER Pitch competition
Chief Executive Officer, co-founder
Ph.D. hab. Associated Professor at Poznan University of Life Sciences. Specialist in the field of animal nutrition, feed technology and digestive tract microbiology, Head of the Department of Animal Nutrition and Feed Management Poznan University of Life Sciences.
Chief Intellectual Property Officer, co-founder
Ph.D., molecular biologist, microbiologist, expert in insect breeding and entomology, founder of the first professional insect farm in Poland „Fabryka Owadów”. Member of The Explorers Club.
Chief Operational Officer
Noemi is a global connector & business developer with strategic mindset. She has possessed ability to control complex systems. Noemi graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology & European Academy of Diplomacy. She gathered experience in international business during her contract in The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (Tel-Aviv) and as an investment analyst in seed fund StartVenture@Poland. In business she follows ethics, clear rules of the game and win-win strategy.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
General partner at Polish-Israeli VC Giza Polish Ventures. Founder of the first Polish portal „Wirtualna Polska”. Conducted Ph.D. studies at the Centre for Nuclear Research in Karlsruhe.
Member of the Supervisory Board, co-founder
Ph.D. hab. Associated Professor at Poznan University of Life Sciences. Specialist in fish nutrition, feed and aquaculture technologies, Director of Experimental Plant for Feed Production Technologies and Aquaculture in Muchocin.
Member of the Supervisory Board
Management board member at StartVenture@Poland, investment professional with proven experience in VC, PE and M&A environment. Executive officer at seed capital funds, investing in Polish and international start-ups. Warsaw School of Economics graduate (master degree) and Universiteit van Tilburg (international finance program).
Managing Partner at Giza Polish Ventures, with 25 years of experience in corporate finance and new technology investments. From 1996 to 2002, Partner at Enterprise Investors – a company managing the largest VC/PE funds in the CEE region.
Zygmunt was previously a director of the M&A department at Price Waterhouse Poland. Since 2003, as part of his company Value Based Management Consulting, he has completed more than 70 capital and strategic consulting transactions in Poland and Central Europe.
Zygmunt graduated from the Faculty of Electronics at Wrocław University of Technology and holds a postgraduate diploma in Capital Investments and Financial Management from the Wrocław University of Economics.
Ricarda M. Engberg
Ricarda M. Engberg is trained as a veterinarian from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany and holds presently a position as associated professor at the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University. Denmark. Her research interest is poultry nutrition with focus on the microbial development and fermentation in the digestive tract as influenced by dietary factors. The aim of her work is to find feeding strategies that improve animal growth and gastrointestinal health without the use of antibiotic growth promoters.
Birger Svihus finished his PhD on soluble fibre in broiler diet at the Agricultural University of Norway University of Life Sciences in 1997. Since 2005, he has been a professor at Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Her has published more than 60 scientific papers on nutrition related to chicken, salmon and humans, and has in addition written several books on nutrition. He is currently President of the European Federation of World’s Poultry Science Association.
He has published over 200 scientific publications and few books, mainly on birds, but in more general context covered impact of climate change, landscape homogenity and urbanisation.
He is currently the Director of Institute of Zoology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, Poznań University of Life Sciences.
Romuald is corresponding member of Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS). Professor at the Department of Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences. His main areas of research interest include: physiology of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in young mammals, in particular pigs and calves: neurohormonal regulation of the exocrine pancreas, development of the GI tract in particular pancreas and small intestine – role of endogenous gut regulatory peptides, milk hormones, growth factors, feed additives and other components; early- and adult-life consequences of intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) syndrome.
Murtala Umar Faruk
Murtala finished his his PhD on Poultry Nutrition at Université François Rabelais de Tours. Currently he works as a Senior Scientist, Poultry Nutrition and Head of The Laboratory of Nutrition in DSM Nutritional Products located in Village-Neuf, France. His main areas of research include: energy and protein nutrition in poultry, enzymes application in poultry nutrition and alternative feed ingredients in animal nutrition and particular novel proteins (insects), use, limitation and nutritional mitigation strategies.
Professor Thomas Haertlé, Research Director at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Nantes, where he works since 1988. Head of the research group specialising in studies of protein and peptide chemistry, interactions, study of biological activities of peptides and proteins. Expert in field of protein and protease engineering, conducting research on proteases from extremophiles and their use in neutralisation of infectious prions, and probiotic Lactic Acid Bacteria and their proteolytic activities and antibiotic metabolites protecting food products and plants against microbial spoilage and infections and decreasing allergenic immuno- reactivities of foods. Author of over 300 publications and 5 patents.
Anna Misiołek, MBA at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She has graduated with thesis “A Financial Analysis of Adopting US Regional Development Strategies in Poland”. From 1995-1999 she was a member of the working group ProEuropa Viadrina Euroregion. She served as Chief of the Division in local government administration. Since 1999 she worked as a manager of economic development programs in Chemonics International in Washington. Since 2003 involved in contract for the Representation of European Commission Representation in Poland.
Since 2005 president of the ABBEYS, consulting company specialised in EU funds. Under her supervision ABBEYS clients acquired 7.3% of all funds granted to Polish entrepreneurs under OP IE.
Tytuł projektu: InnSecta: innowacyjna technologia produkcji materiałów aszowych w oparciu o biomasę owadów
Cel projektu: Opracowanie innowacyjnych technologii produkcji owadów na cele paszowe dla ryb oraz zwierząt towarzyszących oraz uzyskanie gotowych produktów: materiałów i mieszanek paszowych. Głównym założeniem podejmowanych prac badawczych będzie wykorzystanie nowych źródeł białka w postaci biomasy owadów, które będą hodowane zgodnie z autorskimi metodami stoworzonymi przez Wnioskodawcę.
Wyhodowane i następnie przetworzone owady będą stanowić źródło wysokiej jakości białka oraz tłuszczu, stosowanego w żywieniu ryb oraz zwierzat towarzyszących. Cele projektu zostaną osiągnięte dzięki zastosowanieu we własnej działalności bezpośrednich rezultatów prac B+R, którymi będą:
1) Innowacyjne metowy zrównoważonej hodowli i technologie przetwarzania owadów w warunkach przemysłowych
2) Techniki zywieniowe i środowiskowe dla ywbranych gatunków owadów w produkcji wielkotowarowej
3) Zbilansowane, pełnoporcjowe mieszanki paszowe i uzupełniające dla owadów, oparte obioutylizację odpadów.
4) Nowe materiały paszowe oraz miesznki pełnoporcjowe z udziałem tych materałów do zastosowania w akwakulturze
5) Hipoalergiczne, funkcjonalne mieszanki paszowe uzupełniające ora wysokobiałkowe karmy dla zwierząt towarzyszących.
Wartość projektu: 3 843 244,00 zł
Wkład Funduszy Europejskich: 2 531 989,00 zł