Novus International Inc. and Verenium Corp., an industrial biotechnology company that develops enzymes, announced at the 2012 International Poultry Expo the selection of a next‐generation phytase as the first enzyme candidate for commercialization from the two companies’ collaboration.

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The phytase enzyme being developed will help nutritionists and producers feed more efficiently and get the most out of their rations, according to the companies. Novus and Verenium established a partnership in June 2011 to develop a suite of new enzyme products from Verenium.

Watch an interview with James Levine, president and CEO of Verenium, explaining the collaboration.