Insect Technology Group hires Ian Charlton as new Head of Global R&D

Singapore, 5 October 2020

Insect Technology Group hires new Head of Global Research & Development to advance its world-leading insect technology expertise.

ITG is delighted to announce its new Head of Global Research & Development, Ian Charlton.

Ian joins ITG with a multitude of invaluable experience having held several senior leadership positions at one of the world’s largest consumer goods businesses. Based at our Singapore Research & Development hub, he will spearhead a global team across four continents with the overarching objective of delivering world-leading insect science and technology innovations to support ITG’s commercial success.

ITG’s Research & Development division delivers world class outcomes for the Insect Technology Group companies. Our team of experts are fundamental to our continued success and provide scope for new discoveries and the founding of innovative, lasting and sustainable upcycling solutions. With laboratories in Singapore, Belgium, California and South Africa, we continue to deliver improvements in operational biology, development and delivery of new factory solutions, as well as leading-edge product research.

Read more about the Insect Technology Group and the world-leading research we do here – – and discover how we harness the power of insects to help repair the future.

Insect Technology Group is part of £10 million Government funded research project

United Kingdom, 2 October 2020

Insect Technology Group takes part in £10 million Government funded research project – largest public private consortium of its kind.

We are pleased to announce that the Insect Technology Group has received research funding from UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) as part of its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Transforming Food Production (TFP) programme.

The TFP challenge aims to set UK food production systems on the trajectory to net zero emissions by 2040. The overarching aim of the project is to help UK farmers reduce carbon emissions, improve productivity and profitability, and showcase UK food production as leading the way in science and sustainability.

The Insect Technology Group (ITG) team is excited to work alongside excellent partners including Fera, Agricultural Industries Confederation and Zero Waste Scotland on the Insectrial Revolution Project. The project applies a data-driven approach to comprehensively model and showcase to entrepreneurs, governments, and agricultural stakeholders the industrial opportunity for insect protein and waste management at scale in the UK.

A package of £10 million has been made to the UK government funded consortium – the largest ever state research grant in the insect protein space. The team includes a range of insect technology businesses and stakeholders from across the food production value chain including Tesco and AB Agri, and the universities of Stirling, Durham and Warwick.

The ITG team is excited to play its part in this ambitious team which will also examine production, processing and genetics with Entocycle, Better Origin and BetaBugs. With the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre and Cooke Aquaculture, the project has excellent support for its fish nutrition and health trials.

ITG is grateful to the British government for its support in developing sustainable insect solutions as part of the UK’s net zero climate change goals.


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AgriProtein Completes Sequencing of Black Soldier Fly Genome

Cape Town, 28 November 2019

AgriProtein Technologies (part of the Insect Technology Group) in collaboration with the South African National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape, have sequenced the genome of the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) across both sexes and strains originating from Kenya and South Africa. In addition to the whole genome sequence, miRNA sequencing has been carried out on four life stages of the fly, namely: egg, larvae, pupae and unmated male and female fly in order to create a map of expression across the life of the fly.

Within the Insect Technology Group, we have over 50 skilled and experienced scientists working as part of our global Research & Development team to expand the understanding of the insects that we work with. Our team has embarked on unravelling the blueprint of the black soldier fly and continues to push the boundaries of scientific exploration, knowledge and understanding of this remarkable insect to drive our factory operating metrics.

Read more about what we do here – – and discover how we harness the power of insects to help repair the future.

AgriProtein is evolving

London, 13 February 2019

AgriProtein’s holding company is accelerating and broadening its global mission to develop sustainable, insect-based nutrient recycling solutions. The holding company will change its name in the coming weeks to the “Insect Technology Group”, or ITG for short.

The Insect Technology Group™ now owns the following consumer facing companies:

AgriProtein™ is dedicated to converting post-consumer food waste into sustainable, complete protein for the aquaculture-feed industry, insect oil, and organic soil conditioner.

It will use ITG’s black soldier fly technology to stay at the forefront of food waste nutrient recycling.

Circular Organics™ which focuses exclusively on traceable, EU-approved, non-meat substrates.

Using ITG’s black soldier fly technology, it will convert the animal feed-grade substrates into premium protein, lipid and chitin products for use as animal feed ingredients.

Circular Organics™ will initially focus on developing sites in Europe and the Benelux region.

MultiCycle Technologies™ already safely and sustainably deals with higher-risk substrates including faecal matter, animal manure and abattoir waste.

The BioCycle™ with its plant in Durban, South Africa, is its main operating subsidiary. This company generates a variety of products which can then be used in agricultural, commercial, and industrial applications.

These three group companies are bringing insect-based technologies to the world and helping repair the future.