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 small place 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 very efficiency all kind of biomass. Saying differently, our insects reproduce fast, they eat a lot and, when big enought to be harvested, they are made up high quality materials, notably proteins and lipids, but also chitin. The "high tech value products" insect production units designed by Ynsect is called the YnfarmTM.
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    global view

    Insects are very efficient animals. They grow fast, need small place 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 very efficiency all kind of biomass. Saying differently, our insects reproduce fast, they eat a lot and, when big enought to be harvested, they are made up high quality materials, notably proteins and lipids, but also chitin. The "high tech value products" insect production units designed by Ynsect is 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 much green 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 much green 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 it generates almost no waste. Even the insect manure can be valorized as a fertilizer. The 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 can be used for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, etc. At Ynsect, we have experts on this matter which have extracted highly purificated chitin, and also chitin’s derivatives, such as chitosan or glucosamine.  

    Final products of the insect production unit

    The insect production unit produces different kinds of products. And it generates almost no waste. Even the insect manure can be valorized as a fertilizer. The 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 can be used for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, etc. At Ynsect, we have experts on this matter which have extracted highly purificated chitin, and also chitin’s derivatives, such as chitosan or 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 been multiplied by 3 in 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 point of the insect itself, it is a quality they would rather not to 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 to catch a fly, a 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 face with this fierce interest for their body, insects have developed different strategies: some decided to become toxic, other have developed intense reproduction rate, or developed unique immune systems. At Ynsect, we see these strategies as opportunities, for developing new products and services.

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Interest for the insects

Insects are the biggest animal biodiversity on earth. There are even more insects species than plant or fungi species. They have colonized almost all continents and have proven themselves to develop marvelous abilities, which have, to some extent, great advantages for humanity. For instance, they 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 more efficiently the natural resources. It is the same with protein resources: arable surfaces are scarce and fish stocks are in decline. At the same time, global meat consumption has grown by a factor four between 1961 and 2009 while the population growth is just above a doubling during the same period. The worldwide consumption of animal protein is forecasted to increase by 52% between 2007 and 2030.

Our story

Ynsect History
Ynsect History

Our team

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

    Entrepreneur, agricultural engineer, Antoine has 10 years’ experience in scientific projects in environment risk assessment, biomass and biomaterials management.

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

    Engineer and entrepreneur, he is in charge of the development of the industrial activities. Prior to founding Ynsect, he was consultant at Schlumberger.

  • Fabrice Berro <strong>Chief Technical Officer - Upstream</strong>Fabrice Berro Chief Technical Officer - Upstream

    Fabrice leads the development of rearing technologies and bioinformatics tools. He has a meaningful background in informatics and applied mathematics.

  • Alexis Angot <strong>Chief Legal & Financial Officer</strong>Alexis Angot Chief Legal & Financial Officer

    Alexis holds a bachelor in law and a MBA (ESSEC). Before founding Ynsect, he worked for 5 years in the financial sector and had created a first company.

  • Benjamin Armenjon <strong>Chief Commercial Officer</strong>Benjamin Armenjon Chief Commercial Officer

    Benjamin holds a Ph.D., in food science. During 14 years, he held various positions (R&D, production, sales) in companies such as Diana and Kemin Nutrisurance.

  • Nathalie Berezina <strong>Chief Technical Officer - Downstream</strong>Nathalie Berezina Chief Technical Officer - Downstream

    Nathalie’s main concerns are extraction and purification of insect bioproducts. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and had worked with Materia Nova as a senior scientist.

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

    Thibault has more than 20 years of experience in the the Food & Feed ingredients fermentation industry. He worked for renowned companies like Ajinomoto Foods Europe & Tate & Lyle. Mines de Paris and HEC graduate.

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

    Entrepreneur, agricultural engineer, Antoine has 10 years’ experience in scientific projects in environment risk assessment, biomass and biomaterials management.

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

    Engineer and entrepreneur, he is in charge of the development of the industrial activities. Prior to founding Ynsect, he was consultant at Schlumberger.

  • Fabrice Berro <strong>Chief Technical Officer - Upstream</strong>Fabrice Berro Chief Technical Officer - Upstream

    Fabrice leads the development of rearing technologies and bioinformatics tools. He has a meaningful background in informatics and applied mathematics.

  • Alexis Angot <strong>Chief Legal & Financial Officer</strong>Alexis Angot Chief Legal & Financial Officer

    Alexis holds a bachelor in law and a MBA (ESSEC). Before founding Ynsect, he worked for 5 years in the financial sector and had created a first company.

  • Benjamin Armenjon <strong>Chief Commercial Officer</strong>Benjamin Armenjon Chief Commercial Officer

    Benjamin holds a Ph.D., in food science. During 14 years, he held various positions (R&D, production, sales) in companies such as Diana and Kemin Nutrisurance.

  • Nathalie Berezina <strong>Chief Technical Officer - Downstream</strong>Nathalie Berezina Chief Technical Officer - Downstream

    Nathalie’s main concerns are extraction and purification of insect bioproducts. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and had worked with Materia Nova as a senior scientist.

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

    Thibault has more than 20 years of experience in the the Food & Feed ingredients fermentation industry. He worked for renowned companies like Ajinomoto Foods Europe & Tate & Lyle. Mines de Paris and HEC graduate.

 

 

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 firm in cleantech.

Graduated from 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 is or has been a member of the boards 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 nowadays 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 graduated from the HEC business school.

Antoine Hubert

Ynsect

Antoine is the chairman and CEO. Agricultural engineer graduated 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 in 2007 the non-profit organization WORGAMIC (food sustainability) and in 2011 the company ORGANEO(biowaste management).

Jean-Gabriel Levon

Ynsect

Jean-Gabriel is the COO of the Company. As an engineer and entrepreneur, he and his team lead the development of Ynsect 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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Ynsect, Giessen University & Insect Biotechnology Center in collaboration

September 8, 2016
Ynsect, Giessen University & Insect Biotechnology Center have signed a collaboration agreement to work on new products that could be extracted from the Tenebrio molitor beetle.  But also on the development of new applications of existing Ynsect technology products. To know more!
ISO 9001

Ynsect certified to ISO 9001

September 6, 2016
In 2015, Ynsect management had decided to implement a strong quality management system within the company. The first result of this ambition is that Ynsect recently got ISO 9001 certification. The company is aware that ISO 9001 conformity is an essential criterion for some clients. It gives also more credibility of Ynsect project towards investors and suppliers and makes sure Ynsect apply important legal and regulatory requirements. To know more!
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TMF, NATURAL FERTILIZER MADE WITH INSECTS

August 2, 2016
Ynsect Tenebrio Molitor Frass (TMF) is a natural source of nitrogen (3%), phosphorus (4%) and potassium (2.5%) obtained by collecting larvae manure of Tenebrio Molitor, raised on organic material. Made up of more than 90% organic material, rich in chitin, TMF is an easy-to-use light yellow powder (humidity 8%) that can be directly used as a fertilizer or mixed with other material.

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