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Transforming Plant-Based Food


Discover how Immcell Ltd., an Irish SME based in Dublin, partnered with Teagasc to develop innovative plant-based functional food ingredients, driving sustainability and market growth.


Case Highlights


"Immcell sees significant growth potential across a range of functional food ingredients. Accessing technical expertise and collaboration with Teagasc, coupled with robust IP protection, is key to realising Immcell’s growth potential."


- Immcell Respresentative

  • Solution: Developing a rapid, sensitive testing method

  • Impact: Enhanced milk safety and industry standards






Challenge: Planting Seeds of Innovation

Immcell Ltd faced the challenge of valorizing rapeseed meal, an underutilised by-product, into a high-value plant-based protein ingredient. The company sought to address the growing demand for sustainable, ethical, and nutritious plant protein sources in global markets.




Solution: Teagasc and Immcell's Recipe for Success

Teagasc provided expertise in protein extraction technology, collaborating closely with Immcell  Ltd to develop a novel extraction process. Through bi-monthly meetings and ongoing communication, the teams worked to optimise the process, resulting in a highly nutritious rapeseed protein ingredient with significant commercial potential.


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Impact: Harvesting Success

The collaboration yielded a ground-breaking plant protein extraction process, offering benefits such as high protein content, favourable amino acid composition, and sustainability. With a patent application filed, Immcell Ltd has now positioned itself at the forefront of sustainable food innovation, driving growth and competitiveness in global markets.




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"We have been delighted to engage with Immcell Ltd. The pathway for engagement from the initial Innovation Voucher to licensing arrangements was fundamental."