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Molecular farming

Molecular farming technology is shaping the future of sustainable food alternatives. Our consulting team guides corporates through the entire value chain, paving the way for the next generation of food innovation.
Molecular farming transforms plants into biofactories, producing custom proteins and compounds for food applications. However, venturing into this innovative domain is fraught with technical and regulatory hurdles. Success belongs to those who are visionary, agile, and adaptive. 

Our consulting team will bridge your knowledge gaps in molecular farming, empowering you to confidently explore the possibilities in pharmaceuticals, food additives, and beyond, every step of the way.

Exploring the potential of molecular farming


Evolving landscape

The arena of plant-based compound production has seen rapid advancement recently, moving from niche applications in pharmaceuticals to a broader application spectrum in food ingredients and beyond, with a surge of investments and interest worldwide.

Strong headwinds

Molecular farming is still in very early stages with the main challenges in environmental and societal concerns, insufficient yields, difficulties in finding the right plant host and complex plant engineering. 

Plant potential

Plants can produce alternative proteins more cost effectively and ecologically than animals or even microbes used in fermentation. Additionally, plants do not contain human pathogens that could occur in the final product when using animal or microbe cells.

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Key topics
Our strategy consulting team provides comprehensive guidance across all critical areas of molecular farming, ensuring you can confidently navigate the complexities and accelerate growth in sustainable food solutions.
Plant selection
Target molecule
Gene editing
Host development
Protein optimization
Scale-up strategies
Downstream processing
Purification methods
Regulatory compliance
Environmental impact
Intellectual property
Market trends
Consumer insights

Molecular farming FAQs

What is molecular farming?

Molecular farming involves genetically modifying plants to produce valuable proteins and chemicals by inserting genes into the host organism. These plants become biofactories capable of large-scale production of high-value compounds, which are otherwise challenging and costly to manufacture.

How can we advance the molecular industry further?

There are several ways to advance the industry:

  • Genetic engineering improvements: Enhancing gene editing techniques to increase yield and stability of the proteins produced.
  • Scaling production: Developing better separation and purification methods to transition to commercial-scale production.
  • Enhancing regulatory frameworks: Streamlining approval processes while ensuring safety and efficacy of the produced compounds.
  • Public acceptance and education: Increasing awareness about the benefits and safety of molecular farming products to build consumer trust.
  • Investment in research and development: Encouraging public and private funding to explore new applications and improve existing methodologies​​.

How does molecular farming compare to precision fermentation?

  • Types of products: Both technologies can in principle produce the same target molecules.
  • Hosts used: Molecular farming utilizes living plants, while precision fermentation primarily uses microorganisms like bacteria and yeast.
  • Production environments: Molecular farming can be integrated into existing agricultural infrastructures, using fields and greenhouses. Precision fermentation, on the other hand, requires controlled industrial fermentation facilities and bioreactors which arecapital-intensive to build and operate​​.
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