In our flexible mini-factory high technology companies can test and optimize their processes to extract all desired components from marine- and plant-based biomass.

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Bioprocessing involves the use of biological components (yeast, enzymes etc.) in the treatment of various raw materials to yield other products such as proteins, peptides and oils.

Biotep was opened in 2013 and is designed to be a mini-factory where high technology companies may receive help to transfer promising research from the laboratory into advanced products on a larger scale

Test productions

At Biotep, companies can perform test productions based on their own processes and technology. Nofima can also collaborate with the companies in the development of these processes and technology. Smaller companies can rent the facility to perform periodical or regular production.

At Biotep companies can test their production on a larger scale without the risk of large investments.  From the test production, a cost estimate can be made and a product prototype can be tested in the market.

In addition to commercial use, the facility is intended for use in research and for educational purposes.

Experienced researchers

Biotep is located close to the laboratories and scale-up hall at the Nofima headquarters in Tromsø. Nofima can offer extensive experience in the development and scale-up of bioprossesing methods and has all necessary equipment for bioprocessing a large variety of biomass.

Each type of biomass requires an optimized process in order to extract all desired components; water soluble, fat soluble and solids. Components produced are typically fish-, bone-, shell meal, purified oils, protein concentrate, small molecular components, bioactive peptides and ash.  At Nofima, processes are optimized on a lab scale and scaled up through a step-wise process to yield small industrial scale.

Various biomass

The Biotep processing plant is designed to receive most types of marine biomass, either pre-processed or raw/unprocessed.BioTep is designed to be very flexible, allowing each company to design their process to exactly meet their needs.

Biotep handles and processes a variety of raw materials into commercial products.

The Biotep facilities include

  • Handling of a large variety of biomass
  • reactors for hydrolysis
  • separators, two/three phase
  • liquid phase separation
  • purification of lipids
  • water filtration (ultra/micro, nano, reverse osmosis)
  • concentration, evaporators
  • mill dryer, hot air
  • spray dryer
  • powder handling
  • packaging

Watch 3D film about Biotep

Film: How we used Biotep

In the Horizon 2020 AQUABIOPRO-FIT project, lead by Nofima. we worked to find new methods for concentrating residual raw materials from, pelagic fish, farmed salmon, trout, sea bass and sea bream, and investigated the health effects of these.

The scientists used the facilities at Biotep during the project.

Questions and enquiries

Visiting and postal address

Ropnesvegen 71
N-9107 Kvaløya