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                                              While the category of functional proteins  directly in the grain. The grain is grown,
                                            includes enzymes, which Agrivida has al-  harvested and ground, and fed to the ani-
                                            ready accomplished through GRAINZYME®,  mal like any other corn in diet. Zimmerman
                                            the Novus Innovation team is expanding  says by having the additive inside the grain,
                                            the product offerings to include antibodies  the molecules are more efficiently absorbed
                                            embedded in grain.                  by the animal, allowing producers to im-
          Global animal health and nutrition com-  “Single-domain antibodies present   prove both performance and their return
        pany Novus International, Inc., announced  an opportunity to naturally address the   on investment.
        its acquisition of biotech company Agrivida  health challenges producers face in an-  The acquisition includes Agrivida, Inc.,
        Inc. Through the purchase, Novus takes  tibiotic-reduced and antibiotic-free pro-  and its operations in Massachusetts and
        ownership of the proprietary INTERIUS™  duction. These antibodies are a challenge  Nebraska. The Agrivida team, including
        technology Agrivida developed to embed  to produce cost-effectively and deliver  founders  R.  Michael  Raab  and Jeremy
        feed additives inside grain.        to the animal in a sustainable way,” says  Schley-Johnson, will join Novus bringing
          This move by Novus comes two years   Novus Vice President and Chief Innova-  with them their innovative approach to
        after it began a commercial partnership   tion Officer Al Zimmerman. “INTERIUS™  developing functional proteins.
        with Agrivida to support the sale of the   technology addresses these challenges by   Raab, who is also Agrivida’s chief tech-
        start-up’s flagship product, GRAINZYME®.   removing costly fermentation and coating   nology officer, says he’s excited about the
                                            processes as well as offers the potential to
          “Since December 2020, we’ve taken   stack different antibodies and/or enzymes   opportunities to come.
        the time to understand and explore what   in a single corn product solution for the   “Joining Novus will accelerate the deploy-
        INTERIUS™ technology is capable of,” says   animal. Traditionally these efforts would   ment of new animal health and nutrition
        Novus President and CEO Dan Meagher.   require blended products, which would   solutions through the INTERIUS™ platform.
        “With this technology we believe we can   mean more processing and cost. The IN-  As Agrivida alone, our bandwidth to devel-
        revolutionize the feed additive industry   TERIUS™ technology delivers this benefit   op and commercialize products was limited
        through the expression of high-value,   in a single ingredient - corn.”   by our resources and global expertise. As
        functional proteins inside grain, providing                             part of Novus, we can now bring multiple
        new products that are sustainable, both   Instead of manufacturing feed additives   products  to  market  and  attain  a  global
        environmentally and operationally.”     by fermentation, INTERIUS™ technology   reach to deliver new, technology-based
                                            tells the grain how to make the additive   solutions faster than before.”

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          The CABB site in Kokkola is a powerhouse  the first quarter of 2024 and will accommo-
        in Agrochemical Manufacturing since 1984  date central functions like Health, Safety and
        and employs over 250 employees. In a first  Environment (HSE), Finance, Administration
        step, CABB Kokkola commissioned eight new  and the Supply Chain team. The new building
        chemical reactors and a new packaging plant  is designed to operate CO2 neutral as for
        in September, thus massively increasing its  heating will be used the heat captured from
        production capacities. Among other things,  manufacturing processes and solar panels
        the expansion took place in the context of  will be installed on the roof of the building.
        a longstanding supply contract with a new
        customer from the crop protection indus-  Bringing about a further
        try. Further investments in the double-digit   reduction in CO2 emissions
        millions are currently being made or in the   At the same time as expanding produc-  are incinerated in the incineration plant per
        pipeline, according to Ari Venninen, Manag-  tion, CABB Kokkola is working continuously   year. Depending on the quantity of waste
        ing Director of CABB Kokkola: “The invest-  to improve sustainability, in particular by   being incinerated, additional fuels are re-
        ments in production, infrastructure and our   reducing CO2 emissions. Since the start   quired. Heavy heating oil has been used for
        employees show that we can be optimistic   of 2020, the energy for CABB production   this purpose, but this is gradually being re-
        about the future – we are very much on   has been sourced entirely from wind and   placed by other fuels, including green fuels
        track.” This applies to both the chemical park   hydropower. A further important step will   from different sources. Tests with suppliers
        in Kokkola, the largest in Northern Europe   be taken by modifying the waste inciner-  have been successfully completed and are
        for inorganic chemistry, in general and to   ation plant that also supplies the majority   now entering into long term co-operation.
        CABB in particular. Construction work on   of the steam required for production. Over   CABB expects that this change to the waste
        a new administration building has also just   34,000 tons of aqueous and organic waste   incineration process will enable it to cut CO2
        begun. It is scheduled to be completed by                               emissions by a further 6,000 tons per year.

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