Innovation fields Neovia

Our 5 priority innovation fields

Neovia has defined a Strategic Plan called “2025 by Neovia” which is based on a comprehensive analysis of the major changes in the needs and uses of its customers and markets worldwide. In this context, the company, in agreement with its shareholders, wished to allocate its resources and investments to markets and solutions with strong potential in priority.

The five priority innovation fields defined by Neovia constitute the growth drivers of tomorrow and will enable the company to offer differentiating products and services to its customers and partners in the short and medium term.

To achieve this objective, Neovia will continue to accelerate the structuring of its innovation eco-system globally and seek to work more closely with specialised partners (universities, start-ups, research centres, competitiveness clusters, or large companies) in these five areas: Smart farming, Intensive aquaculture, optimisating resources, Interactive petline, and Functional Ingredients.

Smart farming

connected-cow_studioHow do new technologies improve the performance of livestock farmers and feed producers? Smart Farming or Precision Nutrition aims at facilitating management and increasing the performance of farms through more efficient, sustainable, and high-quality agriculture.
A livestock farmer can therefore adapt its models and practices accurately using data collected by sensors or connected objects used for monitoring and early detection of animal life events (feeding, behaviour, health problems, etc.). In the field of Smart Farming, Neovia has chosen to focus its main research and innovation areas on three key concepts:

  • connected objects: individualised monitoring of each animal in a herd
  • user-friendly applications (tablets, mobile): rapid diagnosis and real-time advice for the farmer
  • data platforms: single access to all farm data and use of new related services

Intensive aquaculture

Aquaculture production will increase by 450% by 2040 representing a major challenge for the coming years. The increase in production will mainly occur in larger, better controlled and regulated farms based on the model used for land animals. In this specific market, the interaction between the animal (fish, prawns, etc.) and the environment (water) is fundamental and permanent. This is why Neovia has favoured a holistic approach to aquaculture including everything from feed to fish pond management (quality, water system management) to ensure quality production that respects the environment. Our areas of research and innovation in intensive aquaculture focus on four major issues:

  • Precision nutrition
  • Link between genetics and nutrition
  • Predictive monitoring of animals or facilities
  • Management of quality of water and fish ponds

Interactive Petline

The petcare market is steadily growing and is currently worth over 73 billion dollars worldwide. The double movement of urbanisation and rising standards of living (particularly in major emerging countries) is strongly impacting its structure and the expectations of its customers. It is characterised today by a dual trend linked to changing lifestyles, a ‘humanisation’ of the animal (anthropomorphism, “full member of the family”), and premiumisation of needs (required level of quality, increase in the average basket). New technologies and connected objects are fully in line with the development of human relationships with pets. Humans now want more interaction with their companion and the animal is becoming a new friend connected to our networks!

Our areas of innovations related to Interactive Petline mainly focus on two areas:

  • Connected objects
  • Data platforms

Optimising resources

Population growth and rising standards of living are increasing demand for animal proteins. Sustainable and optimal use of resources (raw materials) are becoming a major challenge to help our societies develop sustainably. For this reason, Neovia has made optimising resources one of its priority fields of innovation.50603153 - artemia plankton isolated on black background
In a context of continuous increase in demand for raw materials, market volatility, and stagnating yields, the company offers and develops adapted and eco-friendly nutritional solutions: substitution of raw materials under pressure with other materials, use of co-products, etc. Neovia’s traditional expertise in this field, combined with its global presence, give it a real comparable advantage. It has helped the company define three priority areas of innovation:

  • An alternative to wild brine shrimps to feed aquaculture species at the larval stage
  • Using insects as a new source of proteins
  • New formulation concepts to optimise the use of resources and improve animal performance while limiting the impact of market fluctuations

Functional ingredients

Functional ingredients are ingredients bringing something to feed (taste, texture, hydration, health aspect). They are natural solutions serving livestock performance and are an alternative to the use of medicines. In 2013, Neovia’s experts published a reference article in the “Nature” review where they described the intestine as an intelligent sensory organ (“second brain”) with which food communicates.
This is how the concept of non-nutrition emerged. “Non-nutrients” have no nutritional content but generate a proven positive livestock result that changes the regulation of immune and endocrine systems, the metabolism, and intestinal microflora.

Neovia has identified a number of technologies or innovative concepts for which its expertise, combined with external expertise, can help create differentiated solutions.

  • Phages: viruses that only infect bacteria with very promising applications at the intersection of health and nutrition
  • Micro and macroalgae: many specialities can be produced from algae and several institutes and start-ups are working on the issue
  • Endocrinology: a more precise understanding of hormonal mechanisms will help to better target the action of many products
  • Nutrition for juvenile animals: the early stages of animal development are the most delicate and the risk of death is the highest at this time.
  • Cultivation of rare plants: for some additives that are extracted from plants, it is essential to control plant selection and production upstream to secure supply and to control quality