History
The origin of the company’s name, NapiFeryn BioTech (NFB in short), is a combination of two names of proteins that are obtained from rapeseed: napin and cruciferin. The idea to set up a company dealing with extraction of vegetable proteins, rapeseed being the first one to try, emerged in 2013. It was then that two biotechnologists, Magdalena Kozłowska and Piotr Wnukowski met each other while working for an international pharma corporation in the Netherlands. The founders decided to set up their business in Poland. NapiFeryn BioTech was thus established in 2014, with its operations now located at Bionanopark, a science and technology park in the city of Łódź.

Mission
To improve life quality using technology to produce natural and functional plant derived proteins.

Vision
NapiFeryn BioTech as a global technological leader in production of natural functional plant derived protein.

Strategy
The objective assumed by the company is to see at least 5% of the global rapeseed production processed to natural functional protein products with NapiFeryn BioTech technology in the timespan of ten years after first commercial facility is operational.

Financing
The first year of operations was financed from the founder’s own resources and the company obtained EU funds in the subsequent years. It also benefits from the support of two private investors: the capital fund VC Impera Alfa and an oil mills company Grupa Wilmar Marek Wilczyński SKA.

Location
NapiFeryn BioTech is located in Łódź, at Bionanopark – a science and technology park. The company has a lab equipped with devices for testing the production process at a laboratory scale. The infrastructure allows us to analyse process samples and the final product, which are protein isolates, in view of their chemical composition and functional properties.

Team
The founders of NapiFeryn BioTech are Magdalena Kozłowska, PhD and Piotr Wnukowski, PhD; both are accomplished scientists with hands-on experience at European scientific organizations and biotech corporations. The R&D team also includes several young scientists from the Biotechnology and Food Sciences Faculty at Lodz University of Technology.

The company’s scientific committee is composed of the renowned academics Prof. Ryszard Amarowicz and Prof. Krzysztof Krygier.

As his main occupation, Prof. Ryszard Amarowicz heads the Chemical and Physical Properties of Food Faculty at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn and is an expert in food analysis. Prof. Krzysztof Krygier manages the Faculty of Fats, Oils and Food Concentrates Technology at Warsaw University of Life Sciences and specialises in food additives and special-purpose foods.

Awards and grants

  • July 2017 – financing awarded in competition run by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP), which distributes resources from the operational programme Intelligent Development for supporting small and medium companies (EUR 43.2 k).
  • November 2016 – competition “Mocni w biznesie” (Strong in Business), commerce award of Łódź Voivode in start-up businesses category.
  • November 2016 – financing awarded in competition “Szybka ścieżka” (Fast Track) run by the National Centre for Research and development (NCBiR), which distributes resources from the operational programme Intelligent Development for supporting small and medium companies (EUR 2.7 m).
  • October 2016 – investment by a venture capital Impera Alfa as part of a competition BRIdge Alfa, in which the National Centre for Research and Development awards money from the Smart Growth Operational Programme to support innovation in Poland (EUR 230 k).
  • July 2015 – grant in Horizon 2020, the largest EU programme financing the development of research and innovation (EUR50 k).