The proceeds of EUR 7.1 M will be used to accelerate the commercialization of the first product, the natural red food color Natu.Red® provides attractive advantages for both consumers and food manufacturers.
Chromologics, the Danish biotech company specializing in the production of innovative natural food colors, today announced the successful closure of an extended seed round. The company raised an additional EUR 7.1 million in equity from its existing investors plus two new investors.
“We are thrilled to be able to accelerate our commercial development and welcome two new, strong investors, Doehler Ventures and Thia Ventures,” said Gerit Tolborg, CEO of Chromologics. “In particular, Doehler’s formal investment marks a new phase in our collaboration. We look forward to benefiting from their expertise as we begin developing commercial-scale production.”
Chromologics’ proprietary fermentation production method is environment-friendly, and stable, and can ensure a cost-competitive, and sustainable supply to food and beverage manufacturers. Natu.Red®, the first product in the pipeline, is pH- and temperature-stable, tasteless, water-soluble, and vegan.
The co-founders, CEO Gerit Tolborg and CTO Anders Ødum discovered this novel molecule and have over the last 5 years built Chromologics from a university spin-out to a company with its own lab and pilot production facilities.
“Chromologics has convincingly demonstrated that, Natu.Red® is an attractive and sustainable alternative to existing synthetic and natural food colors. It is great to see growing international interest and validation of the company not just from investors but also from strategic partners, and a growing number of potential customers. The successful scale-up and production of the first several hundred kilos of Natu.Red®, as well as the line of sight for regulatory approval, calls for accelerating commercial development.
The newly established Bioindustrials team at Novo Holdings has been established to support such a growth journey,” said Thomas Grotkjær, Partner at Novo Holdings, Chromologics’ largest investor.
“We look forward to supporting Chromologics as they develop and bring to market a range of natural food colors using their precision fermentation platform. We see a competitive advantage in this type of sustainable natural ingredient,” says Rodrigo Hortega at Doehler Ventures, the investment arm of global natural ingredients supplier, Doehler Group. “The timing is right, and we are prepared to offer the full network and know-how of the Doehler Group,” he added.
Chromologics’ has demonstrated the scalability of its fermentation process to an industrial scale, built a strong network of potential customers, and begun its regulatory approval program. Early results indicate cost-effective production, excellent product performance, and safe use of Natu.Red® as a novel food additive.
During the coming funding period Chromologics will further advance regulatory approval, establish a commercial production line, expand the portfolio towards additional colors, and progress on commercial execution.
“This is an exciting time for Chromologics. The team has developed, grown their skillset, and added new expertise. They are well equipped and ready for the next stage of their journey towards commercial success,” said Jarne Ellehollm, Chairman of the Board.
Chromologics is supported by the following investors: Novo Holdings, Nordic Foodtech VC, Danmarks Eksport- og Investeringsfond, Thia Ventures, Doehler Ventures, Synergetic, and Blue Horizon.
For more information on the investors, please visit their websites:
Novo Holdings https://www.novoholdings.dk/
Nordic Foodtech VC https://nft.vc/
Danmarks Eksport- og Investeringsfond https://vf.dk/
This Ventures https://thiaventures.com/
Döhler Ventures https://www.doehler-ventures.com/
Synergetic Giampaolo Cagning (Privat Investor)
Blue Horizon https://bluehorizon.com/
Chromologics is a Danish company founded in 2017 with a precision fermentation platform to produce natural food colors. Their proprietary fermentation process allows them to produce natural colors that are sustainable, scalable, and cost-competitive while being compatible with most dietary needs, including kosher, halal, and vegan diets.
Doehler is a global producer, marketer, and provider of technology-driven natural ingredients, ingredient systems, and integrated solutions for the global food, beverage, and nutrition industry. Doehler is all about mastering multi-sensory performance and nutrition. Being Sustainable by nature®, we help to nourish the world better – good for people, good for the planet®.
All our ingredients are derived from natural raw materials. Doehler’s comprehensive product portfolio of natural ingredients ranges from natural flavors, natural colors, natural health ingredients, and a broad range of plant-based ingredients to ingredient systems and end-to-end solutions. Focused on science, technology, and innovation, we shape the future of nutrition.
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