Biomega appoints Chris Simmenes as new biorefinery factory manager

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Biomega, an international biotechnology company that develops salmon peptides and proteins for petfood and human nutrition applications, has appointed Chris Fredrik Simmenes as its new factory manager for the company’s flagship biorefinery in Skaganeset, Norway.

Simmenes joins biomega after working at Mesterbakeren – one of Norway’s leading bakery chains – for more than a decade. Beginning his career as a shift manager, he quickly became an expedition leader in 2015 and was responsible for over 60 employees at the company.

He was also an instrumental part of the bakery manufacturer’s HACCP team, overseeing food production, HSE work, alongside planning and processing operations.

Delighted by the appointment, Stig Petersen, CEO at biomega, said: “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Chris to our team. Responsible for the day-to-day operations of our Skaganeset biorefinery, his wealth of experience in dealing with regulatory requirements from Mesterbakeren will swiftly become an asset to us as we focus on improving our circular approach to upcycling salmon rest streams.

“With a background in teaching and experience in logistics management, Chris is a superb mentor and is already becoming a vital part of our team here in Norway.”

The company’s focus remains on investing in its pioneering and patented technology process, enzymatic hydrolysis, which delivers 24/7 year-round production of salmon peptides, proteins, and oils for the petfood and human nutrition markets.

Alongside its Norwegian facility, biomega® will add a second biorefinery in Denmark to expand its manufacturing capabilities. Located at the Port of Hirtshals, the new biorefinery is expected to open this summer.

Looking forward to the new challenges this year will bring with both biorefineries, Simmenes comments: “I am truly grateful and humble to be welcomed by such a highly competent team at biomega®. The company is continuously working towards its sustainable goals as a responsible manufacturer, therefore the decisions we make must be for the future of our planet, and I look forward to taking our operations to the next level.”