Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Member Since 2022
About my Start-up

PROTe-IN is a fully independent innovative start-up founded in December 2020 in Bologna, Italy, after few years of stealth R&D.

We are innovating autotrophic biomass microbial fermentation to produce alternative proteins, collagen and biofabricated ingredients via a moon-shot proprietary continuous C02 fermentation technology and next gen syngas bioreactors. Our fermentation process will create time, cost and performance efficiencies like no other technology on the market today.

Why your idea is a “winner"?:

PROTe-IN output is substantially equal to top-performing proteins under all key nutritional variables, BUT FEATURING:

- 100% FREE-FROM
- 0% CO2 pollution

At 3 USD/KG at TRL4.

What is your current or intended business/revenue model?:

A TWO-PRONGED REVENUE MODEL WITH MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES. The IP model and the manufacturing streams, as follows:

IP MODEL, i.e. 4 "adoption-builder" revenue streams:
1. CO2 trading and recycling
2. Research, as NRE/POC o specific product applications
3. License of our ingredient-based recipes, either “one shot” or licence-fee based
4. Licence of Fermentation Tech (InfinityTM), including software and hardware licence-fee

MANUFACTURING, i.e. 2 "high-marginality" revenue streams:
1. Joint Venture model to be adopted on large production capacity needs, including engineering blueprinting and plant building consultancy
2. Direct2Consumers or Whitelabelled Production of Collagen, via our UAE-based plant

Do you have any Patent or IP registered (related to the solution that you are looking for an investment)?:

Yes, a WIP PCT patent pending in regards to the industrial microbial fermentation process, utilising syngas technology with C02 as feedstock.

Has your technology already been implemented in any field/sector?:

Yes, harvesting of Alternative Protein in single-batch (SOLAR FOODS, AIR PROTEIN, ARKEON). Our key difference is the up to twenty fold the efficiency thanks to our Infinity fermentation process in continuous and the flexibility to utilise a plethora of different bacteria strains.

Which market and customer need(s)/problem(s) is (are) your products(s)/service(s) going to solve?:

- Top BV single-cell proteins, completely free-from (GMO, chemicals, allergens) featuring also top digestibility
- Carbon Negative and Completely circular production model

Team members
Guido Ferralasco Co-Founder and Business Operations Director

Co-Founder and Head of Operations. Mr Guido Ferralasco, Italian citizen, resident in Italy. Former Ferrero’s Top Executive
for the last 20 years in several geographies (UK, Anglo-NAFTA, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Middle East), holding his
latest post as Global Head of Retail Business at Ferrero’s headquarters in Luxembourg. ESG entrepreneur, Angel, startup
Board Member and SME Advisor on Business Operations and Commercial Strategy

Dr Jean Yu Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer

Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer. Dr Jean Yu, American citizen, resident in the USA. Professor and researcher at
the HNEI and at the University of Hawai‘i since 2001, with expertise in biomass pretreatment, microbial fermentation,
bioreactor design, bioprocess engineering and simulation, biobased chemicals, plastics and fuels. His Google Scholar
H-index is 29 with more than 3750 citations. He’s the inventor of 5 licensed to companies patents.

Guido Mercati Co-Founder and CEO

Co-Founder and CEO. Mr Guido Mercati, Italian citizen, resident in the UAE. ESG-Entrepreneur, Strategy and Innovation
Advisor and Board Member. Top Tier Impact Global Member and former WPP, Publicis and Accenture Leadership with
almost 20 years of EMEA Business and Strategy experience across every industry, holding his latest leadership post at
Accenture’s as Italy, Central Europe and Greece Lead for Automotive, Travel and Industrial.

TRL 4 – technology validated in lab
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