Alex Berlin

Arbiom, Inc.

Dr. Berlin has over 20 years of experience in industrial biotechnology, including expertise in Plant Biomass Biorefinery, BioAgriculture, and Microbial Fermentation. Over the course of his career, Dr. Berlin has  contributed to international efforts for the commercialization of plant biomass biorefinery, bioagriculture, industrial enzymes, and microbial fermentation technologies. Previously, Dr. Berlin was Lignol’s (Canada) VP R&D leading the research and technology development of the company’s plant biomass biorefinery for the production of biofuels and lignin-based products, acquired by Fibria (Brazil). More recently, Dr. Berlin was R&D Director with Novozymes (Denmark), where he contributed to the development of key enzyme and microbial fermentation products. Currently, Dr. Berlin leads Arbiom’s technology development for the production of sustainable fish feed ingredients from lignocellulosic biomass. Dr. Berlin held an Adjunct Professorship with the Biosystems Engineering Department, University of Manitoba (Canada) and served as an expert advisor to government agencies on Sustainable Energy Systems, in particular, to the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology, Chemistry & Catalysis and a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Moscow State University M.V. Lomonosov.


Emerging Technologies, Tue 10:40

Arbiom’s Wood Biorefinery for Production of Sustainable Fish Feed Ingredients


New sources of fish feed ingredients, in particular, proteins and oils, are required to support the fast growing aquaculture industry, which more than doubled in the last 15 years. Aquaculture is highly dependent on fishmeal, a non-sustainable resource with direct commercial overfishing implications. The latter highlights the need for sustainable production of novel aquaculture feed ingredients.

Arbiom’s proprietary woody biomass biorefinery technology offers a scalable solution for the sustainable production of fish feed ingredients. Arbiom’s patented technology uses plant biomass fractionation technology combined with microbial fermentation of woody constituent molecules for the production of fish feed-grade protein-rich and oil-rich ingredients. Recently, Arbiom has validated, in collaboration with Matís (Iceland), its fish feed ingredients in salmonid diets for replacement of fishmeal.

This presentation will focus on describing Arbiom’s biorefinery technology for production of sustainable fish feed ingredients from European and North American woody biomass, and its demonstration project Sylfeed, led in collaboration with partners including Norkse Skog and Matís.