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Australian feed enzyme producer opens new plant

Bioproton, an Australian based biotechnology company with specialty in feed enzymes, has opened a new export factory and laboratory in Acacia Ridge, near Brisbane. The new building is the culmination of long-held ambitions to bring together the production and research activities.

The opening ceremony of the $4.5 million (2.9 million euro) building was done by Queensland Science and Innovation Minister Ian Walker. Minister Walker said it's a fantastic investment that will expand the science related companies that call Queensland home. "Bioproton is a Brisbane based agri-technology firm, which has grown from a humble start-up firm to today employing 15 staff," Mr Walker said. "This is a fantastic example of a home grown company that is turning great ideas into great opportunities."Bioproton is a true Queensland success story, exporting their feed enzyme products to over 40 countries," Walker said.

The new building is the culmination of long-held ambitions to bring together the production and research activities of Bioproton into a single purpose built location, with new production lines and a fully equipped laboratory. It will also serve as a hub for Australian and international research and commercial development of biotechnology; enabling collaboration between research and commercial partner, such as Bioproton's long-standing research program with The University of Queensland.

Bioproton General Manager Henrik von Hellens said: "The immediate benefits are the ability to manufacture our products with shorter lead time, improved quality control and higher efficiency. In the longer-term, the facility will enable us to work collaboratively with partners from academia, research and industry to introduce new science based technologies that will help reduce environmental impact and costs."

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