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Plant Molecular Agriculture and Patent Analysis – Part 1

Sep 28, 2023

Plant Molecular Agriculture and Patent Analysis – Part 1

I have been a little behind in collecting information on food tech recently, but this time I would like to take a quick look at patent information on companies active in this field from the perspective of “plant molecular agriculture,” which I learned from a blog that I always refer to as a candidate for attention as an alternative protein.

First, here is an article that explains plant molecular agriculture and the companies that are active in it in a very simple way.

What is Plant Molecular Agriculture? (Japanese)

According to the above article’s explanation, plant molecular agriculture roughly translates to “making plants produce useful substances by using mechanisms within plants and biotechnologies such as genetic recombination technology.
As this article shows, the image of the plant as a “factory” to obtain targeted useful substances.

We have checked the patent information of the companies mentioned in the above article and were able to verify information on five of them, so we would like to split the information into two articles and briefly review the patent information of each company using Lens.org.

Nobell Foods

As mentioned in the above article, the company is a start-up company from the U.S. that is developing a plant-based cheese.

There are 8 patents in the family unit and 20 patent applications in number.
Main countries of application: USA, Europe, Israel, Australia, Argentina, Canada
Applications have been filed for recombinant milk proteins and food compositions containing them, recombinant fusion proteins for producing milk proteins in plants, increasing milk protein yield per acre, etc.

Of these, rights have been granted in the U.S. for “recombinant fusion proteins for the production of milk proteins in plants.

https://patents.google.com/patent/US11685928B2/en?oq=US+11685928+B2+

The corporate website is quite a pop-up.

Mozza Foods

As mentioned in the above article, this is another startup company from the U.S. that aims to produce plant-based cheese that is equivalent to the original cheese by creating it from the exact same protein as the existing cheese.

There are 3 patents in the family unit and 10 patent applications in number.
Main countries of application: USA, Europe, Brazil, Australia, Canada
Recombinant micelles and methods of in vivo assembly, compositions, methods, and systems for protein phosphorylation in plants have been filed.

Of these, “Recombinant micelles and in vivo assembly methods” have been granted rights in the United States.

https://patents.google.com/patent/US11718856B2/en?oq=US+11718856+B2+

https://patents.google.com/patent/US11326176B2/en?oq=US11%2c326%2c176B2+

The company actively discloses its patents on its website.

https://www.mozzafoods.com/patents

BioBetter

As mentioned in the above article, this start-up company from Israel focuses on using tobacco to produce growth factors, insulin, etc.

There is one patent per family unit and seven patent applications in number.
Main applicant countries: Europe, Israel, Korea, Brazil, Australia, Canada
Applications have been filed for cellulose-binding domain (Cbd) cell effector protein (Cep) chimeras for tissue engineering.

In the next issue, we will look at the patent information of Tiamat Scuiences andBright Biotech.