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"Covid-19 epidemic gives us a reminder that while we are a small world, we still need to maintain some local food security and there are some hurdles which interfere with the small world import/export in the usual supply chain. On the other hand, there is a much greater emphasis on safety."

MAY , 2020

Interview with Amai Proteins CEO on the clean future of foodtech post Covid-19 using precision fermentation and microbial technologies.


the WHO recommends eating less sugar and salt in their Nutrition advice for adults during the COVID-19 outbreak....  Amai Proteins, an Israel-based food tech company, arguably is about to change the structure of food we eat and the drinks we consume. 

APRIL 30, 2020

Sweet Proteins From the Jungle Can Replace Sugar


A talk by Amai Proteins CEO outlining the different challenges of bringing to the market alternative proteins produced by precision fermentation. The talk is part of a symposium with The Good Food Institute, The Weizmann Institute of Science and The Israeli Fermentation Society.

March 31, 2020

Challenges of bringing a precision fermentation protein to the market"


Amai Proteins is on a mission to reinvent the Food & Beverage industry with their unique protein design technology. By combining biotechnology with Agile Integrative Computational Protein Design (AI-CPD), Amai produces tasty, healthy and food-compatible proteins, fit for the mass food market.

March 26, 2020

Startup success for Amai Proteins - Ilan Samish


 Amai Proteins CEO at an EIT Food Food Fight podcast series.

March 18, 2020

Is sugar the new tobacco?


[Amai] makes designer sweet proteins that contribute zero calories and work well in industrial foods and beverages...

January 13 ,2020

Taking an innovative approach to sugar reduction


We're determined to give the first truly healthy, cost-effective, tasty, zero-glycaemic index, zero-calorie protein which activates the sweetness mechanism in our mouth, just like sugar," Dr Samish said. "But then [it] is digested just like any other protein which builds our body's muscles and tissues, leaving no substances — unlike other sugar replacements which negatively affect our microbiome, our liver and our kidneys.

January 3 ,2020

Israel's food tech scene experiments with insects and computer-designed sweeteners


Amai Proteins has set out to address ‘the world’s biggest health challenge’: sugar reduction. The start-up is developing designer proteins that are not only sweeter than sugar, but tasty, scalable, sustainable, and importantly, cheaper than the real thing"

December 11, 2019


‘Curing food, one protein at a time’: Meet the start-up replacing 1 tsp sugar with 0.5mg protein


Amai Proteins took home the Most Innovative Food or Beverage Ingredient award of the “Startup Innovation Challenge” at FiE (Food Ingredients Europe).

December 09, 2019


Fi Europe 2019: Sweeteners in the spotlight as sugar reduction trends intensify


"I decided to heal the food we make instead of the diseases caused by it, one protein at a time."

September 27, 2019


Israel seeks to feed growing global appetite for food-tech


"I decided to heal the food we make instead of the diseases caused by it, one protein at a time."

September 27, 2019


Israel seeks to feed growing global appetite for food-tech


"I decided to heal the food we make instead of the diseases caused by it, one protein at a time."

September 27, 2019


Israel seeks to feed growing global appetite for food-tech


"I decided to heal the food we make instead of the diseases caused by it, one protein at a time."

September 27, 2019


Israel seeks to feed growing global appetite for food-tech


The bearded scientist left behind an academic career to form a company called Amai -- Japanese for sweet -- which aims to solve one of the world's biggest health problems with hyper-sweet natural protein.

September 27, 2019


Israel seeks to feed growing global appetite for food-tech


 "I decided to heal the food we make instead of the diseases caused by it, one protein at a time."

September 27, 2019


Israel seeks to feed growing global appetite for food-tech


When he passes over the taster, there is a look of cautious expectation.

Does it taste … supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

Well, it is certainly sweet … But nothing to send you onto the next flight to Tel Aviv in search of another fix. It seems to taste more like just plain, unremarkable sugar; as good a thing as any to help the medicine go down.

April 11, 2019


‘Over Ten Thousand Times Sweeter Than Sugar’: Meet The Man Making Some of The World’s Sweetest Proteins


“You have to be a little bit crazy to leave a safe job as an academic and start your own company,” Samish said at his lab in Rehovot, outside of Tel Aviv.

March 20, 2019

Scarce resources, much chutzpah set stage for Israel’s lead role in food tech


“I hope that the regulators will take this opportunity to encompass within the new guidelines all the proteins produced by fermentation,” said Ilan Samish, Founder and CEO Amai Proteins, in a blog post, “whether these are nature-identical or designer proteins adapted to the mass food market.” Samish suggests that areas such as 3D scaffolds, growth factors, growth media, and designer proteins and enzymes may still be subject to the FDA’s case-by-case determination of what is “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS).

March 13, 2019

USDA, FDA announcement brings cell-based meat one step closer to U.S. supermarkets


“What Amai is doing is very exciting,” says Shmuel Marko, who heads up the syrups R&D department at SodaStream. “It is a very new product, and there needs to be some adjustments, but they are definitely on track. I would say that in a couple of years we will see sweet proteins used in drinks.”

January 10, 2019

In the Future, Your Food Will Be Sweetened With Protein


Israeli start-up company, Amai Proteins, is working to create a new type of artificial sweetener that it says will not have a bitter aftertaste, as many currently do.

Amai Proteins is developing artificial sweeteners that differ from traditional versions since these are derived from proteins. The proteins – which are found in fruits – contain zero calories. They may offer a popular alternative for people with diabetes, who are unable to digest too much sugar, without triggering an insulin response.

December 01, 2018



Thanksgiving, with its bounty of delicious food, is right around the corner. And those holiday desserts can spell danger for anyone with diabetes or even those just looking to eat more healthy.

Now, an Israeli startup thinks it may have a solution: they've created a calorie-free "sweet protein" that is thousands of times more sweet than sugar, and they claim it's healthier to digest. "Sugar is public enemy #1, but you cannot get rid of sugar,” said Dr. Ilan Samish, who founded Amai Proteins in December 2016. "People enjoy sugar. So the question is: how do you move from sugar to something which is really healthy?”

November 08, 2018

New sugar substitute may be sweet news for diabetics


Samish and his team of computational protein designers studied the DNA makeup of the natural proteins and recreated it. They also redesigned it to decrease the aftertaste and to be able to make it in greater quantities.

November 08, 2018

As obesity surges, Israeli startup develops sweet protein to help cut calories


An Israeli scientist is aiming to enter the sports nutrition industry with his healthy ‘designer protein’ sweetener that is cheaper than sugar.

October 24, 2018

Designer protein’ scientist plans sweet success in sports nutrition


The food industry is undergoing massive, disruptive changes, with innovative start-ups in a range of disciplines vying to tackle global nutrition issues. One of these, Amai Proteins, is aiming to disrupt the global sweetening market by offering sweet proteins that are fit for mass food production. NutritionInsight spoke with Amai Proteins CEO and Founder Dr. Ilan Samish at Future Food-Tech in London.

October 26, 2018

Healthy sweetness: Amai Proteins CEO on sweet protein potential


SodaStream International, the seltzer-machine maker, is in the initial stages of testing Amai’s proteins, said Shmuel Marko, the company’s head of syrups R&D. “If Amai sweetener works with our products’ profile and taste, at a reasonable cost, and will comply with regulatory needs we may consider incorporating it into our products,”

October 20, 2018

This Sugar Substitute Aims to Avoid a Bitter End


“The goal of Amai is to make a global meaningful effect on sugar reduction by many different ways,” Samish tells NoCamels. “We’re producing a healthy sweetener. Amai’s proteins get digested in the upper gastrointestinal tract with zero insulin resistance.”

October 07, 2018

How Israeli Ingenuity Is Keeping Your Sweet Tooth Healthy


SynBioBeta 2018: “I decided to dedicate my life to curing the foods that we eat rather than the diseases we get from them.” — Ilan Samish, CEO Amai.

October 03, 2018

Highlights of SynBioBeta 2018 Day 3, Twist $86.3M IPO, Pivot Bio’s $70M, Genomatica’s $90M


You can develop a very healthy product,” said Tammy Meiron, the head of Amai’s food technology department, “but if the consumer experience isn’t great and the food isn’t tasty, they won’t buy it a second time.

September 13, 2018

Israeli startups want to replace your sugar with high-tech alternatives


Isreali-based Amai Proteins produces healthy sweet proteins as a sugar substitute. The sweeteners are healthy (zero calories, zero glycaemic-index), widely-food-compatible, cost-effective, non-GMO and taste like sugar. 

September 11, 2018

Start-ups in the spotlight: “Breakthrough” innovation nominees for Future Food-Tech 2018


July 31, 2018

Interview on Amai at i24News


An Israeli company has developed a sweet protein that can replace sugar in food and won’t raise your blood sugar or insulin levels.

July 30, 2018

New sweet protein holds out hope for diabetics


Amai Proteins, based in Israel, is commercializing peptides that taste like sugar but are digested like proteins. The consumer benefits are immediately obvious: …Amai’s compounds contain negligible calories and don’t activate the insulin response.

July 15, 2018

Food 2.0: Three companies that are changing the way we eat


Israeli firm Amai Proteins has developed computerised 'designer' sweet proteins as it seeks to tap into the sugar replacement market.

June 19, 2018

Could computationally designed sweet proteins revolutionise sugar replacement sector?


Amai Proteins designs sweet proteins that do not affect the sugar levels in the blood.

 In 2018, calories are out. The cornerstone of modern healthy nutrition is the distinction between carbohydrates (bad) and sugar (very bad) and proteins (preferable). People, however, still crave something sweet. One possible solution is a sugar-flavored protein.

June 12, 2018

Israeli co offers sweet protein as sugar substitute


Two weeks ago, I went to Israel to attend Food and Ag Week including FoodTech IL 2018 hosted by the Strauss Group and incubator The Kitchen, and Agrivest 2018, hosted by accelerator group Trendlines and agrifood tech VC GreenSoil. It had been five years since I last visited so I was excited to see how the agrifood tech ecosystem had developed in that time.

May 23, 2018

4 Reasons Why Israel is Now a Developed AgriFood Tech Hub


Ten agri tech and food tech start-ups from Australia, India, Israel, Japan, Korea and Taiwan are vying for US$100,000 in the second Future Food Asia award.

May 14, 2018

Future Food Asia Award: Here are the 10 finalists competing for the 100,000 USD prize


Israel is cooking up a grand feast of food technology, tempting policymakers, investors and industrialists to take a bite.

May 07, 2017

14 disruptive food-tech startups that will change how we eat




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