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Singaporean insect biotech startup, Insectta, closes 2nd funding round to begin industrialisation

Updated: Apr 30, 2023

Singapore, 26 April 2023 - Insectta, a leading company in the insect industry, announced today that it has raised $1.4 million in a funding round led by the Trendlines Group, with participation from 3 other investors: Glocalink SG, Paragon Ventures I and SEEDS Capital. The funds will be used to set up a pilot facility, allowing Insectta to increase its production capacity by 30 times. This new investment marks a significant milestone for the company, as it allows them to further develop and scale their insect biomaterial extraction technology, which has already attracted the attention of industry experts and customers alike. With this new capital, Insectta is poised for continued growth and expansion, solidifying its position as a key player in the insect industry.

Insectta’s proprietary and patented technology

In a market brimming with insect protein, oil and fertilizer startups, Insectta stands out as a game-changer. Rather than following the crowd, Insectta's patented extraction process allows them to derive highly sought-after functional products, including chitosan and melanin, from the black soldier fly (“BSF”), who have been spotlighted as one of the most economically important insect species. These biomaterials are in demand by industries such as pharmaceuticals, personal wellness, F&B, organic electronics and more, and Insectta has set its sights on expanding the applications of insects beyond just agriculture.

Alongside their patented extraction technique, the Insectta Team has also achieved another global first – the ability to extract water soluble melanin in unprecedented quantities. End-users can expect a cleaner, purer, chitosan and a highly functional melanin at an extremely competitive price – all derived from a circular process that’s less energy-intensive and more sustainable than current extraction methodologies.

Setup of Pilot Production Facility

Insectta’s focus for this raise is to scale its technology by completing its first BSF chitosan and melanin extraction plant in Singapore. Chua Kai-Ning (Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer) comments “Our pilot plant not only serves as a platform to industrialize our patented biomaterial technology but also helps us achieve our goals of increasing production capacity to meet current and future demands. We plan to use our pilot plant to foster strategic connections with industry players and clients and are excited to be making larger quantities of BSF chitosan and melanin to tailor to the high interest that has been coming our way. With an eye towards expanding our reach for commercial opportunities, we are leveraging the pilot plant to its full potential."

Phua Junwei (Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer) says “We’re very excited to continue our journey with all our new partners and investors. Their continued support serves as a key resource for our growth, and we will continue to tap on their insights into the biomedical, sustainability and agri-tech spaces to help us accelerate our progress. We look forward to having the pilot serve as the stepping stone for manufacturing and selling our biomaterials on a large scale, paving the way for a future where our healthcare and electronics are powered by insects.”

For Enquiries:

Insectta: Attn: Chua Kai-Ning (Co-Founder, Chief Marketing Officer)

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