Opertech Bio to team up with Tate & Lyle on a novel approach to sugar reduction via TERRA accelerator

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Game on! Opertech Bio taste testers are rewarded via a points system that incentivizes sensory acuity
Game on! Opertech Bio taste testers are rewarded via a points system that incentivizes sensory acuity

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Opertech Bio – the Philadelphia-based firm behind an automated high throughput system for rapid characterization of taste sensory properties – will team up with Tate & Lyle to apply its technology to sugar reduction after winning a place on the TERRA Food and Agriculture Accelerator (cohort #3).

As part of the TERRA​ ​program, which pairs emerging growth companies with established multinationals - Opertech will work with Tate & Lyle using its TāStation (Taste+Station) technology, a novel approach to sensory testing utilizing games and rewards, which it claims enables human testers to analyze hundreds of samples in a fraction of the time - and with a greater degree of accuracy - than is possible using traditional taste panel testing.

Opertech Bio – which hit the headlines a few years ago by using highly trained rats​​ to analyze the taste quality and palatability of scores of flavor samples simultaneously, a first for the industry – says TāStation does not rely on subjective rating scales of taste sensation (as is the case with traditional methods), and can be statistically powered (ie. is considered reliable) with as few as four subjects, given the amount of data generated in each session.

Read more about Opertech BioHERE​.

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