Arzeda, an industry-leading Protein Design Company™, announced it has entered into a joint development agreement with AAK, a global leader in specialty oils and fats, to accelerate the innovation of plant-based oils for the food industry through the application of novel enzymes.

The joint development agreement is poised to address the continued and growing demand for healthy, tasty and sustainable foods. The collaboration will utilize Arzeda's technology platform to optimize proteins to further enhance the sustainability profile of AAK's plant-based edible oils while potentially uncovering efficiencies in production.

Arzeda's technology platform is able to drive smarter innovation at scale by optimizing proteins – the building blocks of nature's most advanced and biodegradable materials. By combining computational design and AI, the company's technology platform creates novel proteins that cannot be evolved within nature. Working collaboratively with partners such as AAK, Arzeda can create solutions that can deliver performance and efficiency benefits.

Specific details of the agreement were not disclosed, but the companies confirmed the collaboration is a mutual endeavor, with milestones and joint commercialization established as part of the agreement.