Tomsk scientists to join Healthy Innovation research May 16, 2022
Microbiology lab opens at TPU

A new microbiology laboratory has opened at Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) as part of the university's joint project with EFKO. The laboratory is fitted with the necessary equipment for cutting-edge food tech research.

Using a CO2 incubator, scientists and students can grow microorganisms in anaerobic conditions (without access to oxygen) and prepare new probiotic agents. This will help create products that are useful for human microflora.

Chromatography columns will facilitate in-depth study of plant proteins and help students learn how to extract alternative proteins, including sweet proteins.

The project is worth about three million rubles.

TPU Acting Rector
Dmitry Sednev
‘Now is the time when it is critical to pay special attention to the food industry. The main focus will be on ensuring food security. I think that with a reliable partner like EFKO we will be able to accomplish this task. For us this is a big step forward in terms of the development of spaces and the equipment of the instrument base. Now we will be able to considerably expand the range of our microbiological research.’

Biruch Innovation Centre
HR Director
Anna Vorozhbyanova
‘The importance of the food industry will increase, as will its appeal to students. We are pleased for Tomsk biotech and chemical engineers. Also we have new areas related to unmanned aerial vehicles and materials science where we need people who are good with their hands – mechanics and instrumentation engineers.

‘We are looking for those who would like to do interesting tasks, learn a lot and not rest on their laurels. We hope graduates of Tomsk Polytechnic University and other Tomsk universities will also join Healthy Innovation projects. Among promising areas, for example, are healthy sugar substitutes, locally manufactured probiotics and prebiotics, the biosynthesis of fats and oils.’

Tomsk Polytechnic University and EFKO signed a partnership agreement in autumn 2020. The company actively supports the university's projects. TPU students do their practicals at the Biruch Innovation Centre. The university's chemical engineering block is equipped with a lounge area for students to relax. The decision to build a new laboratory was made in April 2021 at a conference marking TPU's 125th anniversary

Healthy Innovation (Hi!) is a family of technologies and projects united by the philosophy of a positive contribution to a healthy future: Hi-Food (plant-based meat and milk – Hi-Meat and Hi-Milk), Hi-Bio (sweet proteins, biosynthesised fats and cellular nutrition – Hi-Protein and Hi-Nutrition), Hi-Tech (air taxis, hydrogen and solid oxide fuel cells – Hi-Fly and Hi-Energy).
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