Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Qingdao Vland Biotech Group Co. Ltd. have entered into a joint development agreement for the development and commercialization of enzymes for animal feed applications.

In addition to ADM’s research center in Decatur, Illinois, ADM will open a new U.S. enzyme research and development lab in California that will directly support activities being undertaken in the joint development agreement. Vland will also conduct research and development in its Qingdao research laboratory, which will be upgraded to a new state-of-the-art facility.

Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will share enzyme-producing strains as a basis for the development of feed enzymes that will improve animal nutrition and health. Products developed under the agreement will be commercialized by both companies.

“This agreement and the opening of our new enzyme lab will significantly enhance our ability to develop products for the fast-growing enzyme market,” said Todd Werpy, ADM’s chief technology officer. “The agreement will give our research and development team access to new enzyme strains, and the new U.S.-based enzyme research lab will provide us with the resources to use those strains to develop new, state-of-the-art feed enzymes. We’re looking forward to adding these capabilities to our already strong array of animal nutrition products and solutions.”

“This agreement is another important step as we continue to expand our capabilities in bioactives, including enzymes and novel ingredients for the food, pharmaceutical and animal feed industries,” said Vikram Luthar, ADM’s president, bioactives. “We are continuing to build our portfolio in order to offer complete and innovative solutions to customers in these exciting and rapidly growing markets.”

“As a high-tech enterprise focused on enzymes, Vland is committed to seeking partners around the world to build a global technological innovation system,” said Vland president Chen Gang. “This agreement between Vland and ADM to engage in the development of feed enzymes, and the establishment of new research centers in the U.S. and Qingdao, are important steps. We are looking forward to future collaborations and the opportunity to offer effective solutions to customers in this exciting and rapidly growing market.”