Through the investment in HFLC Fund II, ADM aims to gain knowledge on the human microbiome and develop ingredients for preventive health, treating common ailments and chronic diseases

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ADM invests in Seventure’s HFLC Fund II. (Credit: Pixabay/Elionas2.)

ADM Ventures, the venture capital arm of ADM, has invested in Seventure’s Health For Life Capital (HFLC) Fund II, a fund dedicated to health, nutrition, microbiota and digital health.

The investment will help ADM ain knowledge on the human microbiome and develop ingredients for preventive health, treating common ailments and chronic diseases.

ADM Ventures managing director Darren Streiler said: “We view Seventure as the premier investor in microbiome startups focused on human health and nutrition, and since 2018, ADM has worked closely with the Seventure team to identify opportunities with microbiome solutions that can ultimately help with dietary supplements and food and beverage applications to serve as functional or proactive solutions.

“We believe Seventure can help meet the long-term demand we see as the result of the convergence of food and pharmaceuticals and consumers looking more towards bioactive and nutrition for wellness solutions.”

The microbiome includes trillions of micro-organisms residing on or inside the human body. ADM is interested in the vast, complex bacterial ecosystem that lives within the digestive tract and is also part of the majority of every individual’s unique microbiome.

ADM plans to discover and use the nutritional ingredients that can be used for preventive health, along with treating several common ailments and also chronic diseases in both humans and animals.

ADM’s new probiotics facility in Spain could directly benefit from investment

The knowledge will significantly help the company’s new probiotics production facility in Valencia, Spain. The facility, which is expected to come online in 2022, can increase its post- and prebiotic production capacity.

Streiler continued saying: “With a better understanding of how the microbiome ecosystem works, we can develop functional ingredients for dietary supplements and food and beverage solutions targeted to help improve overall health.

“We are focused on looking at new, innovative solutions that can lead to a more balanced bacterial system in your digestive tract, otherwise known as a healthy gut, and can help lead to better health.”

Some of ADM’s microbiome solutions include NutraIngredients, Bio-Kult Migréa, Bifidobacterium lactis BPL1 and Bacillus subtilis PXN21.

Last year, the company’s business unit ADM Animal Nutrition opened a new animal nutrition technology centre in Decatur, Illinois, US.