Environment, Nutrition and Biodiversity

WE ARE YNSECT,
THE INSECT COMPANY

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What we do

We produce high quality products from insects.

At Ynsect, we use insects to bioconvert organic substrates, such as cereal byproducts, and transform those insects into sustainable nutrient resource for agro-industries and bioactive compounds for green chemistry.

Our Job

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    Insects are very efficient animals. They grow fast, need little space and produce almost no waste. The insect production units take advantage of this natural efficiency. The production units are a facility that converts almost any kind of biomass in order to upgrade its value. In the insect production units, the upgrading of the biomass is done by the insects. Indeed, insects have a tremendous ability to digest all kind of biomass very efficiently. Put differently, our insects reproduce quickly and eat a lot, and, when they are big enought to be harvested, they provide high quality materials, notably proteins and lipids, but also chitin. The "high tech value products" insect production units designed by Ynsect are called the YnfarmTM.
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    global view

    Insects are very efficient animals. They grow fast, need little space and produce almost no waste. The insect production units take advantage of this natural efficiency. The production units are a facility that converts almost any kind of biomass in order to upgrade its value. In the insect production units, the upgrading of the biomass is done by the insects. Indeed, insects have a tremendous ability to digest all kind of biomass very efficiently. Put differently, our insects reproduce quickly and eat a lot, and, when they are big enought to be harvested, they provide high quality materials, notably proteins and lipids, but also chitin. The "high tech value products" insect production units designed by Ynsect are called the YnfarmTM.
  • #Step 1

    Valorizing biomass

    At Ynsect, we use organic material, which can be former foodstuff, agro-industry byproducts or even some specific and controlled organic side-streams, to feed our insects. At Ynsect, our insects are fed with low value organic substrates. Low value does not mean low quality. Only, for various reasons, some organic substrates cannot be used for human nutrition (not the right shape, not good enough, etc.). We use them to feed our insects which have the perfect enzymatic system to bioconvert those materials. We just give them what they would eat naturally.  
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    Valorizing biomass

    At Ynsect, we use organic material, which can be former foodstuff, agro-industry byproducts or even some specific and controlled organic side-streams, to feed our insects. At Ynsect, our insects are fed with low value organic substrates. Low value does not mean low quality. Only, for various reasons, some organic substrates cannot be used for human nutrition (not the right shape, not good enough, etc.). We use them to feed our insects which have the perfect enzymatic system to bioconvert those materials. We just give them what they would eat naturally.  
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    #Step 2

    Production unit

    At Ynsect, we work mostly on one species: The mealworm. This species has proven to have very good reproduction and growth rates. The “insect bioconversion” step consists of a reproduction unit, where adults mate and lay eggs, and a production unit, where eggs transform into larvae. The larvae are fed until harvesting. It is important to notice that this insect species has not proven to be harmful for the environment and already exists in the regions where we develop our facilities.  

    Production unit

    At Ynsect, we work mostly on one species: The mealworm. This species has proven to have very good reproduction and growth rates. The “insect bioconversion” step consists of a reproduction unit, where adults mate and lay eggs, and a production unit, where eggs transform into larvae. The larvae are fed until harvesting. It is important to notice that this insect species has not proven to be harmful for the environment and already exists in the regions where we develop our facilities.  
  • #Step 3

    insect downstream processing

    Insects are made of protein, lipid and chitin. The downstream processing, part of the insect production unit, consists in the extraction and purification of insect bioproducts. The downstream processing unit comes in after the larvae have been harvested and cleaned. The objective is mainly to separate the different valuable materials, as they target different markets. At Ynsect, we do this separation by using as green a processes as possible.  
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    insect downstream processing

    Insects are made of protein, lipid and chitin. The downstream processing, part of the insect production unit, consists in the extraction and purification of insect bioproducts. The downstream processing unit comes in after the larvae have been harvested and cleaned. The objective is mainly to separate the different valuable materials, as they target different markets. At Ynsect, we do this separation by using as green a processes as possible.  
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    #Step 4

    Final products of the insect production unit

    The insect production unit produces different kinds of products and generates almost no waste; even insect manure can be valorized as a fertilizer. The insect proteins are targeted for the nutrition markets. Ynsect can customized protein-rich products for all animal nutrition markets and even the human nutrition market. For instance, Ynsect has developed a range of hydrolysate products. The lipids extracted from insects are also a valuable product for nutrition markets. Chitin, which is mainly extracted from insects’ exoskeleton, is another promising material: chitin currently extracted from crustaceans is used for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, etc. At Ynsect, our experts have extracted highly purificated chitin-as well as chitin’s derivatives, such as chitosan and glucosamine.  

    Final products of the insect production unit

    The insect production unit produces different kinds of products and generates almost no waste; even insect manure can be valorized as a fertilizer. The insect proteins are targeted for the nutrition markets. Ynsect can customized protein-rich products for all animal nutrition markets and even the human nutrition market. For instance, Ynsect has developed a range of hydrolysate products. The lipids extracted from insects are also a valuable product for nutrition markets. Chitin, which is mainly extracted from insects’ exoskeleton, is another promising material: chitin currently extracted from crustaceans is used for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, etc. At Ynsect, our experts have extracted highly purificated chitin-as well as chitin’s derivatives, such as chitosan and glucosamine.  

Key figures

1.3

billion

tons per year is the estimated amount of food wasted in the world

1

million

insect species are already known and 10 million more are expected to be discovered

3

x

price of fishmeal has increased by 3x in the last 10 years

Applications

Animal feed
Pet food
Human nutrition
Plant nutrition
Nutraceuticals
Green chemistry

Why we do it

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Natural
resources

Insects have a great quality: many other animals like to eat them (of course, from the perspective of the insect itself, this is a quality it would rather not have!).

Insects are a prey to birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and mammals (including humans). Even some carnivorous plants like to feed on insects. Some fish like trout or salmon will naturally jump out of the water to catch a fly, while poultry will peck an insect larvae between grass blades. According to the FAO, insect is a natural diet for almost 2 billion people on the earth. To cope with this fierce interest for their bodies, insects have developed various defense mechanisms: some have become toxic, other have developed an intense reproduction rate, and others have developed unique immune systems. At Ynsect, we see these strategies as opportunities- for developing new products and services.

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Interest of insects

Insects have the biggest animal biodiversity on earth. There are even more insects species than plant or fungi species. Insects have colonized almost every continent and have developed marvelous abilities- which have, to some extent, provided great advantages for humanity. For instance, insects provide us with great free services, such as pollination: according to the white house website, pollinators contribute more than 24 billion dollars to the United States economy. We also enjoy the honey made by the bees, and the silk made by the silkworm.

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Scarcity of fossil and protein resources

Fossil energies are running out. Modern societies need to be more frugal and manage natural resources more efficiently. The case is the same with protein resources: arable land is scarce and fish stocks are in decline. At the same time, global meat consumption has grown by a factor of four between 1961 and 2009 while the population just doubled during the same period. The worldwide consumption of animal protein is forecasted to increase by 52% between 2007 and 2030.

Our story

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Management Board

  • Antoine hubert <strong>Chief Executive Officer</strong>Antoine hubert Chief Executive Officer

    Prior to founding Ynsect, Antoine worked for eight years on scientific projects in environmental risk assessment, biomass and biometrical management, and resource recycling. He is an agronomy engineering graduate from AgroCampus and AgroParisTech.

  • Jean-Gabriel Levon <strong>Chief Operation Officer</strong>Jean-Gabriel Levon Chief Operation Officer

    An engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique, Jean-Gabriel is in charge of operating Ynsect’s industrial activities. Prior to founding Ynsect, Jean-Gabriel was a consultant in industrial projects at Schlumberger.

  • Fabrice Berro <strong>Development Director</strong>Fabrice Berro Development Director

    Fabrice leads the Development Department, in particular the bioinformatics tools. He has a meaningful background in informatics and applied mathematics and five years of experience at GDF- Suez. He is also one of the co-founder of the company.

  • Alexis Angot <strong>Executive Secretary</strong>Alexis Angot Executive Secretary

    Alexis manages all of Ynsect’s support functions. He holds a bachelor of law and an MBA from ESSEC Business School. Before founding Ynsect, he worked for five years in the finance sector. He also co-founded the NPO WORGAMIC and the company ORGANEO.

  • Benjamin Armenjon <strong>Business Development Director</strong>Benjamin Armenjon Business Development Director

    Benjamin has a Ph.D. in food sciences. Over the past 14 years, he has held various positions (R&D, production, sales) with companies such as Diana and Kemin Nutrisurance.

  • Nathalie Berezina <strong>Research Director</strong>Nathalie Berezina Research Director

    Nathalie leads the research projects regarding insect rearing and the extraction & purification of insect bioproducts. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry and worked with Materia Nova as a senior scientist and project manager.

  • Thibault du Jonchay <strong>Chief Industrial Officer</strong>Thibault du Jonchay Chief Industrial Officer

    Thibault is responsible for the engineering team and develops industrial technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry of ingredient fermentation for human and animal consumption. He is a graduate of HEC and Mines ParisTech.

  • Antoine hubert <strong>Chief Executive Officer</strong>Antoine hubert Chief Executive Officer

    Prior to founding Ynsect, Antoine worked for eight years on scientific projects in environmental risk assessment, biomass and biometrical management, and resource recycling. He is an agronomy engineering graduate from AgroCampus and AgroParisTech.

  • Jean-Gabriel Levon <strong>Chief Operation Officer</strong>Jean-Gabriel Levon Chief Operation Officer

    An engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique, Jean-Gabriel is in charge of operating Ynsect’s industrial activities. Prior to founding Ynsect, Jean-Gabriel was a consultant in industrial projects at Schlumberger.

  • Fabrice Berro <strong>Development Director</strong>Fabrice Berro Development Director

    Fabrice leads the Development Department, in particular the bioinformatics tools. He has a meaningful background in informatics and applied mathematics and five years of experience at GDF- Suez. He is also one of the co-founder of the company.

  • Alexis Angot <strong>Executive Secretary</strong>Alexis Angot Executive Secretary

    Alexis manages all of Ynsect’s support functions. He holds a bachelor of law and an MBA from ESSEC Business School. Before founding Ynsect, he worked for five years in the finance sector. He also co-founded the NPO WORGAMIC and the company ORGANEO.

  • Benjamin Armenjon <strong>Business Development Director</strong>Benjamin Armenjon Business Development Director

    Benjamin has a Ph.D. in food sciences. Over the past 14 years, he has held various positions (R&D, production, sales) with companies such as Diana and Kemin Nutrisurance.

  • Nathalie Berezina <strong>Research Director</strong>Nathalie Berezina Research Director

    Nathalie leads the research projects regarding insect rearing and the extraction & purification of insect bioproducts. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry and worked with Materia Nova as a senior scientist and project manager.

  • Thibault du Jonchay <strong>Chief Industrial Officer</strong>Thibault du Jonchay Chief Industrial Officer

    Thibault is responsible for the engineering team and develops industrial technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry of ingredient fermentation for human and animal consumption. He is a graduate of HEC and Mines ParisTech.

 

 

Board of directors

Stéphane Villecroze

Demeter Partners

Stéphane is a founding partner of Demeter Partners, which was established in 2005 and has become one of Europe’s leading private equity firms in cleantech.

A graduated of the Ecole Polytechnique, engineer of the “corps des Ponts et Chaussées”, Stéphane worked for the French Ministry of Environment and Energy and for Veolia. He is the author of several books on venture capital. He has and continue to serve as board member of several companies.

Bernard Maitre

Emertec Gestion

Bernard Maitre is a successful entrepreneur and a veteran of the venture-capital industry in France.
He created venture arms for BNP Paribas and Caisse des Dépots Group before managing several independent partnerships such as Galileo Partners and today Emertec.
Between September 2003 and October 2006, he was also Head of investments in the energy sector at the French Government investments Agency.
Bernard Maitre is a graduated of the HEC business school.

Antoine Hubert

Ynsect

Antoine is the chairman and CEO of Ynsect. A graduate in agricultural engineering from AgroCampus Rennes and AgroParisTech, Antoine has 10 years’ experience in scientific projects in environment risk assessment, biomass management, soil remediation and recycled resources (Total & Altran).

He launched the non-profit organization WORGAMIC (food sustainability) in 2007 and the company ORGANEO(biowaste management) in 2011.

Jean-Gabriel Levon

Ynsect

Jean-Gabriel is the COO of Ynsect. As an engineer and entrepreneur, he and his team lead the development of Ynsect’s operations in its industrial sites. He has a cumulative 8 years of experience in industrial companies and projects.

Prior to founding Ynsect in 2011, Jean-Gabriel worked and traveled as a consultant for Schlumberger in the oil industry.

Matthieu Vermersch

New Protein Capital Pte Limited

Matthieu Vermersch is the founder and Director of New Protein Capital. Pte Ltd. Matthieu has over 25 years of experience in investment management with a concentration in Asian markets.

Prior to founding NPC in 2014, Matthieu has been with Everest Capital, a large independent investment firm with offices in the US and in Singapore, for over 16 years. He was a Senior Managing Director and the Director of Research as well as a member of the Executive and Investment committees.

What’s new

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World AgriTech 2017 Award

March 30, 2017
Ynsect attended the World AgriTech Innovation Summit in San Francisco. On this occasion, we have been awarded with the World AgriTech 2017 Market Strategy Award! The goal of the summit is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable, resource-efficient agricultural technologies through knowledge-sharing and the formation of new partnerships and alliances between key stakeholders. We are very happy to be recognized as a major actor in this field in the USA.
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Laureate of the 2017 Global Cleantech 100

January 26, 2017
We are proud to announce that we are one of the winners of the 2017 Global Cleantech 100 ! We have been recognized as one of the most innovative company and best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges. Ynsect was also the recipient of the “Europe & Israel Company of the Year”. Press Release
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Historical fundraising of $15,2m

December 15, 2016
Ynsect is pleased to announce its historical fundraising of $15,2m with Ecotechnologies fund managed by BPI France and Future Positive Capital. A historical step toward a more sustainable feed system that will allow us to accelerate our growth. More info.

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