CHICAGO — On April 20, ADM announced it has licensed an ingredient from Swiss biotech company Gnubiotics, called AMOBIOME. The ingredient can help support microbiome and overall health in pets.

Gnubiotics’ AMOBIOME ingredient is a class of glycopeptide compounds that, according to Gnubiotics, provide properties to support digestive health and the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. The company has recently published data that suggests AMOBIOME may offer microbiome stability during disturbance caused by an antibiotic.

ADM will use the glycopeptides in supplements and pet food formulas throughout its supply chain worldwide. The ingredient represents the first to be commercialized since Gnubiotics and ADM entered a partnership in May 2022.

“Consumers are increasingly seeking customized nutrition solutions for their pets as they come to believe that what’s good for people can also be good for pets — especially at a time when many consumers recognize that a healthy gut is the root of wellness,” said Jorge Martínez, president of ADM Pet Nutrition. “The gut microbiome presents new opportunities to support overall pet health and wellness as scientific understanding of microbiota continues to grow.”

Gnubiotics has conducted extensive studies on the safety and use of animal milk oligosaccharides and received GRAS status in 2021. At the end of 2022, the company received a “no questions” letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for AMOBIOME for cats and dogs, publicly affirming that the administration has no questions at this time regarding the ingredient’s GRAS conclusion and therefore permitting AMOBIOME for use.

“A ‘no questions’ letter provides an additional level of regulatory acceptance as we continue to prioritize safety and transparency for AMOBIOME,” said Yemi Adesokan, chief executive officer of Gnubiotics. “AMOBIOME has the potential to be a game-changing ingredient in pet nutrition, and we’re excited to partner with ADM to ensure the benefits of this microbiome innovation reach pets and pet parents globally.”

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