Located in downtown Baltimore, IMET's mission is to develop innovative approaches to protect and restore coastal marine systems and their watersheds, sustainably use resources in ways to benefit human well-being, and to integrate research excellence with education, training and economic development.
Biotrophics has partnered with IMET to execute important research involving insect diet, nutritional composition, and fish digestibility of insect meal via the MIPS (MD Industrial Partnerships) program.
The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute funds two rounds of MIPS grants per year. Biotrophics was one of the few companies selected for funding in June, 2018.
Biotrophics proudly incorporates Sagamore Spirit Company's distiller's spent grain as part of our insects' diets. There is plenty of opportunity in utilizing waste streams in insect growth operations. One way we are lowering both of our footprints is by reusing distiller's spent grains after the mash has been used in the beginning process of Whiskey making.
In addition to spent grains, Biotrophics seeks to find alternative feed sources from local businesses that would otherwise be wasted. Vagrant Coffee is a premium coffee roaster in Baltimore city, and has partnered with Biotrophics to have its used coffee grounds incorporated in our insect diets.