Max was the first student ever to write his master’s thesis with us. Max was able to complete his studies in product development (Integrated Design Engineering) at Otto-von-Guericke University Magedburg with a practical master’s thesis in our company. The aim of his work was to develop a device for automating a selected production step. In addition to building the prototype, he is now also involved in the development and construction of further modules of our production facility. We are happy to have him with us. His willingness to help, his manual skills and his constant humor characterize him.
Today is International Biodiversity Day. At madebymade, we are tackling the issue of biodiversity head on: by replacing soy and fishmeal as protein sources with the insect protein we produce. Fishmeal is used in aquaculture feed and contributes greatly to the overfishing of our oceans. Soy also has a devastating impact on biodiversity, as immense amounts of rainforest are cleared in the Amazon region for its cultivation. Extrapolated, each German claims 127m² of soy cultivation area for consumption in Brazil alone! The Rainforest Conservation Fund estimates that between 4000 and 6000 animal species disappear annually due to this deforestation. Here, alternatives are urgently needed, such as our insects. We’re part of the solution.
Our colleague Maricruz Bermudez Serrano has been with us for three months. At our company, she ensures the continuous high quality of our products. With her background as food engineer and her experience in food safety and quality management, she has the best prerequisites for us. In a project with the University of Leipzig, she is working on the implementation of our larvae as feed for crayfish. In her master’s thesis, she dealt with the potential of cricket meal. As an insect enthusiast, she is exactly right here. Welcome on board, Maricruz!
This is Dennis, our reproduction manager. As a biologist and insect enthusiast he has the ideal qualifications to take care of all our animals. He deals with the feed composition of our crayfish in the project TEMIFUGA which we run together with the University of Leipzig. He is also responsible for the well-being of our flies and our young animals. His constant smile and good mood inspire us as his colleagues and positively shape the entire team spirit. Like our colleague Dr. Justus von Sonntag, Dennis has also been with us for one year. Absolutely a reason to celebrate. Looking forward to more great years!
This is our colleague Yannik Weinreis. He creates efficient planning processes for our projects and works in the area of product research and development. For this purpose, he analyses product characteristics, supervises test series, and tests various valorization strategies. Already during his studies of agricultural sciences (B.Sc.) and agricultural and food economics (M. Sc.) at the University of Bonn, Yannik was a passionate insect enthusiast and wrote both theses on the use of insects as feed and food. His academic background and network help us to identify current trends in the international research landscape and incorporate innovative development opportunities into our concept of regional circular economy.
Our colleague Justus von Sonntag optimizes technology. Here he is checking possible interfaces of our container control system with the control system he co-developes for the TEMIFUGA project at the University of Leipzig for a possible crab breeding system. Justus studied process engineering at Karlsruher Institute for Technologie (KIT) and is familiar with air conditioning technology. His experience in research supports us in the practical implementation of animal breeding. He has been with us for a year in April, and with a doctorate in chemistry, the chemistry is just right.
Despite the big cold snap over the weekend, our larvae are doing very well. Our modular construction is based on shipping containers, which of course all function independently of each other, regardless of whether it is warm or cold outside. The temperatures in our reproduction containers for our flies and young larvae remain pleasantly warm thanks to the connected biogas plant and the same of course applies to the temperatures for our larvae in the mast containers. Partly there were temperature differences between container temperature and outside temperature of 50C! Only our employees are a bit cold this week – the only thing that helps to stay warm is to keep moving! As our intern Jörn once said “work is the best jacket”. In this sense: no matter if Sahara wind or Arctic cold – we don’t let it get us down.
From the first shipping container in production to the complete production plant and from the foundation to the finished office complex. An incredible amount has happened for us and that despite the global pandemic occuring in this year. All this was only possible because of the sweat, commitment and ambition of our team and all our partners. A big thank you to each one of you! We are now starting the new year with great confidence and will continue on our course.
Here our black soldier flies cavort in the Reproduction module. As you can see, we feel very comfortable among our flies. Only those who are visiting us for the very first time have fear of contact. In this module, they lay the eggs from which larvae later hatch and is therefore of great importance as it determines our amount of larvae and thus of protein meal. The entire output of our plant is therefore determined by this module. Currently we still use some quantities for reproduction, but in the future we plan to use only a small part of 5%. This percentage is sufficient to keep our production quantities at the same high level.
We are state winners of the KfW competition Gründen 2020! Many thanks for this to KfW, which is one of the leading funding banks in the world. Since 1948 it has been committed to improving economic, social and ecological living conditions worldwide. In the KfW competition, more than 500 companies were evaluated according to their degree of innovation, creativity and their assumption of social and ecological responsibility. We are particularly pleased to have been selected under these criteria. So that we can also win the Audience Award, vote for us here.