Sep 27, 2023
BALTIMORE, MD, September 27, 2023 - Natáur announced that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant funded by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Natáur's technology produces the essential nutrient, taurine, in a biological system (microbes) replacing synthetic taurine made from petrochemicals. The technology employs clean and renewable resources to produce the nutrient crucial for human and animal health. This project aligns with the USDA NIFA goal to contribute to the nation's energy independence through the sustainable production of bio‐based products."
"Our technology uses the fermentation of safe microbes to make taurine—a completely novel approach to taurine production," states Frank Turano, Natáur's Chief Research Officer. "Our process avoids the use of hazardous and toxic chemicals, as well as fish or animal parts, and our bio-based taurine can be produced in the US."
"We are happy to receive the competitive SBIR Phase II award from the USDA," says Natáur's CEO, Kathleen Turano. "This grant will help us develop new technologies to increase taurine yield, thereby lowering production costs. This, in turn, will make our bio-based taurine an even more attractive ingredient for enhancing the nutritional value of food and feed, including alternative protein products."
At Natáur, we believe that healthy products should be produced in healthy ways. Natáur’s proprietary technology creates sustainable, healthy, petroleum-free ingredients; enabling our customers to improve their own environmental footprint while serving today’s health and eco-conscious consumers. Natáur LLC is in Baltimore, Maryland.
Kathleen Turano, CEO