Production of ingredients and other molecules of interest


Production of ingredients and other molecules of interest

Micro-organisms can also be used as biofactories that produce molecules of interest for nutritional or technological use in a bioreactor. At CNTA we have experience in developing bioprocesses to produce food additives such as colouring, antioxidants or antimicrobials; biomaterials (bioplastics), probiotic micro-organisms or bioactive compounds (such as vitamins or functional peptides for use in food or biopesticides or biostimulants for agricultural use).

Thanks to this we can achieve:

  • Bioprocess to produce the ingredient or biomolecule of interest, developed and validated on a laboratory scale and small pilot scale before its industrial scaling
  • Validation of the functional and/or technical characteristics of the produced ingredient or biomolecule
  • Transfer of the fermenting micro-organism and associated bioprocess to the company



  • Especificación del objetivo funcional o tecnológico deseado
  • Selección de microorganismos productores
  • Descripción de la cinética de crecimiento y caracterización del metabolismo de los microrganismos fermentadores
  • Definición de medios óptimos de cultivo
  • Diseño experimental factorial para la definición de las condiciones óptimas de cultivo
  • Ensayos de validación “in vitro” de las características funcionales / tecnológicas del producto
  • En el caso de ingredientes / aditivos alimentarios: ensayos de incorporación en matrices alimentarias y evaluación de su funcionalidad e impacto sobre el alimento.
  • Escalado del proceso desde frascos agitados, biorreactores de 2-4 l hasta 50l

El proceso de producción de ingredientes y otras moléculas de interés por fermentación, desde CNTA lo abordamos en 8 pasos. En función de las necesidades y objetivos se abordarán en su totalidad o aquellos que sean necesarios.

Why choose CNTA?

CNTA has broad experience and knowledge in producing ingredients. To carry this out we have:



Researchers and technicians specialising in: food science and technology, chemistry, biology, agronomic engineering and nutrition.



  • Pilot scale fermenter 50L
  • Experimental fermenters (2-7 L)
  • Anaerobic incubation cabin
  • DHPLC Transgenomic System with fraction collector for DNA analysis (SNPs, etc.)
  • Cell culture system.
  • Phase-contrast microscope with epifluorescence lamp.
  • Deep freezers (-80C)
  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • Molecular Biology Laboratory


Research areas

  • Ingredients
  • Nutrition and health
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Circular economy: Recovering sub-products: Extraction / fermentation substrate

All of these aspects, along with our experience accumulated since 1981 in finding technical solutions to industry challenges, make CNTA the best ally for obtaining strains and the functional characterisation of micro-organisms.

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