Climax Foods and Benchling Use Data Science to Revolutionize Plant-Based Cheese – vegconomist

Last week, US biotech startup Climax Foods announced it had discovered the “first ever” plant-based casein, which can replicate the functional performance of conventional casein to make realistic animal-free cheese. Today, the company reveals that these innovations and developments have been made possible through a partnership with biotech research and data cloud platform Benchling. 

“Sustainable foods are the future and data science is how we achieve this”

The collaboration, which uses Benchling’s platform for R&D data and insights, is helping Climax Foods manage high volumes of data to improve its formulation process and digital . Through an innovative data-driven approach to R&D, the collaboration will accelerate the launch of plant-based cheese innovations onto the market.

“There’s a lot of excitement for how machine learning and artificial intelligence can be used in the industry. At Climax, we’re delivering on that promise today,” says Karthik Sekar, Head of Data Science at Climax Foods. 

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Millions of combinations

Climax Foods uses a “precision process,” where AI and machine learning (ML) discover ingredients that can replicate dairy proteins among thousands of edible plants at an incredible speed. The ML process also includes the development of prototypes using data from plant-based cheeses, taking into account factors such as flavor, texture, nutritional value, and sustainability. Climax is initially focusing on dairy products, but says this technology could also be applied to other animal-based foods.

In January, the company launched its first product range, “zero compromise,” which includes Blue, Brie, Feta, and Chèvre cheeses — all developed using AI and ML to make them realistic and low-cost. A few months later, the revolutionary biotech announced a partnership with global cheese leader The Bel Group to introduce a new generation of plant-based cheeses.

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