To keep feeding the world’s growing population, we are going to need more proteins. For people of all ages, this macronutrient is essential for growth and physical regeneration. TNO is pioneering the development of new types. “We want to contribute towards the production of enough nutritious, high-quality proteins to feed the world.”
In the field of new proteins, TNO draws upon expertise from a wide range of disciplines and research programmes. That has created an enviable knowledge base. “And what further strengthens that,” says Business Development Manager Maurits Burgering, “is that we are carrying out projects at various different technology readiness levels (TRL).” So we are both at the forefront of new knowledge development as well as close to new market development.
TNO possesses in-depth knowledge of:
TNO has several lines of research working on protein recovery
Protein purification For the proper study of protein allergenicity, it is essential to know exactly which protein or peptide is causing a reaction. Using a variety of purification techniques, TNO is able to isolate these substances with a high degree of precision. The resulting pure proteins/peptides can then be used in diagnostics. Protein purification is also used in the design of interventions and to test products for cross-reactivity.
To strengthen our knowledge of new proteins, TNO is actively involved in a number of partnerships. These include the Protein Competence Centre, a strategic alliance with Groningen University Medical Centre, NIZO food research and the universities of Groningen and Wageningen which brings the full range of Dutch know-how in this field under one roof. In our partnership with TNO Triskelion, we contribute expertise in the form of specialist measuring equipment such as the TIM system for studying protein digestion and advanced analytical devices to detect protein fragments.