Semi-Commercial Works
SC Ventures has invested over five million dollars in capital projects to upgrade the fermentation seed train through 15,000 liter scale to run aerobically and aseptically at the Zea2 Bioworks facility.

This has enabled us to successfully develop upstream and downstream processes to produce amino acids, organic acids, food additives, cellulosic sugars, alcohols, and esters at the facility for both food and industrial grade products. This has enabled us to successfully develop upstream and downstream processes to produce amino acids, organic acids, food additives, cellulosic sugars, alcohols, and esters at the facility for both food and industrial grade products.

Zea2’s Bioworks facility in Oregon is now offering third parties a cost-effective and accelerated means to prove your technology at scale while avoiding the time, treasure and talent necessary to build, own, and operate temporary non-commercial demonstration facilities. North Central Oregon is home to inexpensive and sustainable hydroelectric and wind power at 5.2 cents/kW-hr, and stable natural gas pricing at well under 25 cents/therm year round.

Zea2 has partnered with PreSage to bring together our Quality Management System with maintenance tracking enroute to ISO9001 certification. We are also progressing on our GFSI roadmap and can accommodate food additive production by conducting a HACCP review and integrating required safety protocols.

Scale-up Derisking

Most startup executive teams understands it is hard to raise capital specifically to build and operate pre-commercial manufacturing facilities that will be outdated or unbalanced operationally almost as soon as construction is completed due to improvements in titer.

When your process isn’t running as you analyze data and try smaller scale changes, that meter is still running on the plant overhead.

Zea2 Bioworks endeavors to reduce the risk startups face crossing this fermentation valley of death. It is a much simpler solution to partner with us and lock up only the pilot-scale or semi-commercial time you need to get metric ton size samples to your customers and grow your market share, so your first self-built plant has a lasting POSITIVE impact to your revenue numbers.

Zea2 Bioworks has aseptic, aerobic fermentation capability at 2 liter, 20 liter, 200 liter, 1,400 liter and 15,000 liter with a number of separations and purification processes that are compatible with your emerging production process. Critical unit operations include disk-stack and decanter centrifuges, plate and frame microfiltration, ultrafiltration (both hollow-fiber and spiral membrane), nanofiltration, vacuum belt filter, filtration press, solvent extraction, esterification, distillation, and vacuum drying. We can also offer spray drying through a partner’s service