Q&A with The Biofuels Digest. View original article on Biofuelsdigest.com.
Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity?
Green Cell Technologies (GCT) is a biotechnology and intellectual property development company in extract technology for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmoceutical, functional food, agricultural, and biofuel industries. The company focuses on formulating and building advanced solutions to help world nutrition sustainability.
- GCT has created a unique solution to overcome the challenges of food security and the need to reduce the excessive amount of waste generated during the food processing cycle. The Disruptor, using Dynamic Cellular Disruption (DCD), provides manufacturers with a compact and cost-saving technology to process their commodity more expediently, reduce waste, and improve nutritional quality. The company is a visionary leader, addressing one of the most pertinent issues facing modern society.
Q: Tell us about your organization. What do you do?
The DCD process is a non-chemical, non harmful heat extraction method whereby all organic material is reduced to molecular level and can be used in a variety of applications.
- blending products,
- making purees,
- manufacturing nut/seed butters and milks,
- creating water-soluble powders for use in smoothies, health bars, and creams.
Food processing companies spend millions of dollars each year to find new ways to reduce or reuse food waste. GCT has created a blue ocean strategy by removing the creation of waste in the first place. Furthermore, by reducing many processing steps to one, the technology has cut manufacturing costs and provided improved efficiencies to manufacturers. Any insoluble fibre that is generated during the process can be used to augment fibre content in other foods. GCT is also experimenting with the Disruptor to process meat products and wine and beer.
Q: What stage of development are you? Choose one:
Commercial stage – have mature products or services on the market.
Q: What do your technologies, products or services do and accomplish – how does it (they) work, who is it (they) aimed for?
Despite increased consumer and manufacturer awareness regarding food security, traditional food manufacturing processes still lead to an exceptional amount of food waste. There is a lack of processing solutions that reduce waste and ensure that the nutritional content of food is maintained, despite large food manufacturers spending thousands of US dollars each year to solve the problem.
In response, GCT has developed a food processor, the Disruptor, that makes use of GCT’s patented process, Dynamic Cellular Disruption (DCD). Primarily used as a food processor, the Disruptor is able to take extracts from plant materials to be used in pharmaceuticals and nutritional foods, as well as cosmetics and numerous other applications.
Q: Competitively, what gives your technology, product or service set an edge in cost or performance, sustainability, or any other aspect, that makes it stand out from the crowd, In short, what makes it transformative?
The DCD processes whole fruits, vegetables, or organic materials by breaking down the plant cellulose structure while releasing all of the actives within the plant and increasing overall product yields. To achieve this, the Disruptor accelerates the biomass volume to speeds in excess of 2000 km/h, after which it is stopped in a hundredth of a second. At this point, the Disruptor breaks open the plant cell structures and releases the cell contents. This process enables the isolation of certain molecules and reduces insoluble fibre to very small particle size. The DCD process does not alter or harm the molecular make-up of the original cell content, thereby ensuring an improved nutritional content compared to traditional food processors that use excessive heat and reduce the nutritional content of the food.
Significant waste for fruit and vegetables occurs in processing and packaging, and then in distribution, DCD significantly reduces food waste in agro-processing.
Q: What are the 3 top milestones you have accomplished in the past 3 years?
- Granting and pending of World Wide Patents for DCD processing.
- Commissioning of first commercial Disruptor in CitroSuco, Brazil.
3.Creating general awareness with regard to the damage and waste produced by current traditional processing methods.
Q: What are the 3 top milestones you will accomplish in the next 3 years?
- Expansion of individual license opportunities in Bio-fuel, alcoholic beverages, Hemp/cannabis extraction.
- Selling of licenses into regions globally.
- Manufacture demonstration Disruptors to be sent to companies for trials.
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