Our Story

In 2013, a gap between supply and demand for omega-3 threatened the growth of the aquaculture industry.

With fish oil from wild-caught fish as the only commercially available source of omega-3, the animal nutrition industry called for a sustainable and traceable source of omega-3.

DSM and Evonik realized they have complementary capabilities that together could solve the industry’s challenge.

DSM has expertise in cultivating marine organisms and biotechnology capabilities in development and operations, while Evonik’s focus for decades has been on industrial amino acid biotechnology executing large-volume fermentation processes.

 

Why

We feel responsible to conserve and protect life in the world’s oceans and are obligated to realize the potential of our breakthrough innovation. We believe we can contribute to the growth of nutritious food within planetary boundaries and close the supply-demand gap for essential omega-3 fatty acids.

How

We strive to improve current practices in animal nutrition by collaborating and listening to the needs of all stakeholders along the value chain. We set new standards using science in harmony with nature, to support our partners to become leaders in sustainable food production.

What

We have developed a technology that provides essential omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, produced on an industrial scale from natural marine algae. This innovation enables the growth of animal production to feed the world – responsibly.

After two years of extensive research and development, DSM and Evonik launched Veramaris in 2018 as an equal joint venture.

Veramaris offers a solution for the reliable supply of omega-3, produced from natural marine algae on an industrial scale.

Headquartered in Delft, the Netherlands, with a production facility in Nebraska, USA, Veramaris is supported by a $200 million investment from its parent companies DSM and Evonik. The Nebraska plant will have capacity to meet 15% of the global omega-3 fatty acid demand for salmon aquaculture.

Our Team

Gertjan de Koning
Gertjan de Koning
CEO
Holger Kinzel
Holger Kinzel
CFO
Rahul Basu
Rahul Basu
General Manager LLC
Marion Hax
Marion Hax
Program Management Director
Florian Butzmann
Florian Butzmann
Head of Supply Chain
ian carr
Ian Carr
Global Business Development Director
Johan Brouwer
Johan Brouwer
Business Development Director
Puren Ozcan
Puren Ozcan
Marketing & Communications Director
Jorge Torres
Jorge Torres
Business Development Director,
Latin America
Victoria Parr
Victoria Parr
Business Development Director,
North America
George Josef
George Josef
Global Business Development Director, Companion Animals
Jean-François Laudouze
Jean-François Laudouze
Global Business Development Manager, Companion Animals
Jane Petrolino
Jane Petrolino
Business Development Manager, Companion Animals
Amy Hoefele
Amy Hoefele
Inside sales manager, Companion Animals
Yann Le Gal
Yann Le Gal
Global Business Development Manager
Helia Radianingtyas
Helia Radianingtyas
Close Product Manager
Neil Leininger
Neil Leininger
Process Development
Eva-Maria-Eckl
Eva-Maria-Eckl
Process Development
Martin Heining
Martin Heining
Process Develoment
Antonio Zenatti
Antonio Zenatti
Business Controller
Veronique Little
Veronique Little
Customer Service Officer
Carla Fan
Carla Fan
Customer Service Officer
Emmanuel Kang
Emmanuel Kang
Customer Service Officer
Nur Ali
Nur Ali
Supply Chain & Logistics Officer
Michaela Rana
Michaela Rana
Supply Chain Specialist
Emily McIntosch
Emily McIntosch
Production Assistant
Michael Schütte
Michael Schütte
Operation Specialist
Sabine Peters
Sabine Peters
Office Manager

What we stand for

Conserve.

We believe that marine biodiversity is essential to the health of our planet. And we share a responsibility to protect nature and help make an industry independent from its reliance on marine resources.

Pioneer.

We strive to improve current practices in animal nutrition and deliver large-scale science-based solutions, which help set new standards for the sustainable growth of animal protein within planetary boundaries.

Collaborate.

We recognize that it takes a concerted effort to solve a global challenge.  We work with all stakeholders along the value chain to build alliances and partnerships that will transform the industry to become a leading steward of the oceans.

Respect.

We are open and transparent. We share our knowledge to the benefit of mankind and our planet. At the same time we know we don’t hold all the solution nor do we know all the questions.

Our approach

We maintain continuous dialogue with stakeholders along the value chain to build relationships on mutual trust and respect. We listen to the needs of feed producers, farmers, retailers, NGOs and consumers – and collaborate with all who share our vision. Do you?

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Our contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by UN member states in September 2015. It lays down 17 binding Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for creating a world where “consumption and production patterns and use of all natural resources ‒ from air to land, from rivers, lakes and aquifers to oceans and seas ‒ are sustainable.” Reaching these goals will be an ambitious endeavor.

At Veramaris, we’re accepting this challenge. Five of the UN SDGs are directly related to our business activities and serve as a guiding framework for our sustainability efforts.

United nations Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger: Human population growth and globally rising living standards increase the demand for animal protein, including farmed fish. This places greater pressure on wild fish stocks and bycatch caught for the production of marine ingredients. Algal oil containing EPA and DHA can help to meet increased demand and close the supply-demand gap.

Good health and well-being: The inclusion of algal oil containing EPA and DHA ‒ essential omega-3 fatty acids ‒ in fish feed contributes to improving the wellbeing of people. Beneficial for brain, heart and eye health, omega-3 fatty acids are often lacking in the daily diet of consumers across the planet.

Responsible consumption and production: By including algal oil containing EPA and DHA in fish feed, we help to conserve wild fish stocks by reducing the need to overfish the oceans for this essential nutrient.

Life below water: Providing fish such as salmon with diets containing optimum levels of omega-3 helps satisfy their nutritional needs. Using algae to meet the demand for EPA and DHA has the potential to reduce the fish-in-fish-out (FIFO) ratio to zero. This decreases the need to catch wild fish stocks and protects marine populations and biodiversity.

Partnerships for the goals: With relationships based on trust and respect, Veramaris aims to engage with all stakeholders who are committed to conserving the natural resources of our planet.