After high school, Anna Linnik decided to enroll in the bioengineering Department at Kemerovo technological Institute of food industry, something didnt agree with her mom. “You have to work as an accountant, as all normal people”. The faculty of biotechnology did those who did not pass on points to faculties for managers or urban crazy. So Anna Linnik said. “Biotechnology.
This will not work on the Kuzbass, do something human”. “Something human” in Kemerovo meant to come to be an economist or to get to work on mine. Linnik and watched videos on the Internet about how cloned insects and heal wounds with a single laser flash patch – “it looked fantastic”. During her student at the Department of biotechnology, the old man came with a package of chicken feathers. He put the package on the table and said.
“I spend a lot of money to make from this food. But chickens dont peck it, what do I do?”. Linnik took the feathers in the lab, and in the evening when, as usual went around the room and played the violin, she said to herself. “Anya, — Linnik often said to myself, you are four years studying biotechnology. Why cant you recycle those feathers biological methods.
Then absolutely would not go amiss squirrels, and chickens will start to eat it as fast food”. The next day he announced the name of their coursework. “Processing of keratin-containing raw materials by biological methods”. All night Anna spent at the computer, wrote 400 research centers the following letters.
“Hello. Im Anna Linnik. Im looking for microorganisms that can affect the structure of keratin”. A month later she had the containers with microorganisms. A year and a half she realized that she is doing something wrong.
The team that collected it for the year, dropped Linnik at the same moment. Anna Linnik was nothing. No team, no investor nor the experience of the past business. She was sitting in the library till night and read tutorials about bacteria. “For processing of keratin can also be used bacteria.
Bacteria from a natural source”. Linnik and start all over again. She took the feathers and articulated all the flora that lived on them, until a couple of months not found the strain. The strain was placed in an artificial environment, where Linnik tried to grow it, to try on the feathers.
When everything was done — strain them intensely refused to process. Linnik went to scientific conferences and talked. “We are preparing the technology that will be able to process 18 million tonnes of waste generated in the Russian poultry farms every year”. She said. “The microorganism will not recycle the feathers.
This is serious science, and youre in profit. It does not happen”. Then Linnik went to annual training in Moscow, Pushchino and filed an application to participate in Eurasian economic forum. The Linnik had no money for flights to Ekaterinburg, so she asked the organizers to give her the opportunity to defend themselves online.
She was sitting in front of a web camera and repeated the same as always. “The bacteria..to 18 million tons per year.. Blue ocean”. — And then tell me. “You ranked first, you a star,” recalls Linnik.
— You mean a team of one person?
“Yeah,” she says. After winning the forum Linnik has become a rock star biotechnology.
She began to invite on the forums and ask to be interviewed. Then she was invited to Seliger and said that the project has a chance to get into the “Top 50 startups”. In 2012 at the Seliger worked as mentors and experts RVC. “They taught innovators from Russia packaging project”. Linnik in my life heard the terms like “financial calculation” or “angel investing”, but it was clear that the city of coal mines and it wont.
After the forum, “Processing of keratin-containing raw materials by biological methods” entered the top 50. Linnik had Packed a backpack and went to Kemerovo. Nothing changed. The strain continued to slowly metabolize keratin. “I cant say what a natural spring was obtained our strain, said Linnik.
— In microorganisms, which were obtained, is the uniqueness of the entire project”. And when the Institute of biochemistry invited her to return to Moscow to work on a hypoallergenic whey in yogurt, Linnik just Packed up and left. With her in the Institute of biochemistry worked Lydia Astahova from Vladikavkaz. She wanted to go to graduate school, MSU, and Linnik said. “Why do you have MSU, Lida.
Come join us in Kemerovo, we have new equipment on which no work”. Astakhov had two entrance test at MSU, and then he Packed a suitcase and flew to Siberia. Almost immediately it became clear that Anna Linnik not ready to admit to the strain of new people. The first months Dolganiuc Vyacheslav Astakhov and Lydia studied the instrument at the research center and were busy with paper calculations. “Imagine the situation.
You have a strain that recycles the feathers, and you know that its great, remembers Lidiya Astakhova. — What are you going to do with it. Anya didnt know”. Lydia Astahova continued to live in the apartment of Anna. Linnik told her that gradually manages to optimize the strain, and that she applied for the innovation contest BIT, and in response she sent a message.
“You were in the finals”. And then sent another one. “We made a mistake, youre not gone, sorry”. And then came that. “Anna, Hello, lets talk on Skype”.
It was written by one of the members of the jury BIT. In Skype he said. “Anna, Im sorry, but now will be hard. You sit down and make normal economic calculation.
Normal. Financial. For five years, he said. — Anna, you are acting insane”. “Economic calculations for dummies” — Anna Linnik wrote to Google everything.
After a week she was ready for a new financial report. At the same time she registered the company “Kera-Tech” and has applied for Zvorykin award. Everything was ready, except for the logo. She drew it on a napkin while they with Lidia Astakhova drank coffee in the restaurant. It was a Swan, floating on the waves.
The next day Linnik asked the Institute of industrial space, filled with shelves, Windows and torn leaves. Previously, the Institute had offered him another Kemerovo innovative companies — those people were engaged in cleaning the vegetables and fruits to the gas system, and then became a printing house. A week later Lydia Astahova went on a business trip to Sweden for the year. It was worth it to come back, and she ceased to understand what happened in Kemerovo.
When Anna Linnik presented their project on Zworykin award, jokingly called “Food for chickens-cannibals”. Technology Linnik meant that all the waste from the poultry farms will be collected in a heap, dried and chopped. Then the addition of a biological product on the basis of the extracted strain, and the output from this will feed additive; it will provide the weight gain of chickens by 10-15% by increasing muscle mass, without fat deposits. In 2013, Linnik won the Zvorykin prize, and in 2014 won first place in the accelerator Generation S and received 1 million rubles grant from the Fund of Bortnik. The amount of the prize “Kera Tech” in 2014 amounted to 3.25 million rubles.
But the biological product has not been introduced at poultry farms. And then it came back the old man with feathers. This time he is in the party knew the girl that was made. Anatoly Volkov was the General Director of the poultry by 47 thousand heads “Kuzbass broiler”.
“I read about you in the newspaper, Anna, he said. — I have a suggestion”. The wolves invited Linnik on their production, to optimize all the Supplement, and the first party he asked me to test small-scale farmers. Instead report the gain, farmers brought Anna live chicken in a box. “Then I realized, partly afraid of them, — says Linnik.
And continue asked to bring the dead”. Every time the chickens from experimental groups were found to be twice larger than those fed an ordinary chicken feed. And Linnik drove these birds to Volkov. “At the moment we havent started feeding it, and it was a sort of proof that the bird is alive, healthy. If you need it for slaughter, the meat will look,” says Linnik.
But wolves did not kill the chickens. He put two cells next to his farm, wrote on each “before” and “after” and hung a poster with the logo “Kera-Tech”. A week later, the biological product Linnik was launched in a cage for 4 thousand heads. Today we feed it to 47 thousand. “I had no idea the scale of Anyas ideas, when I was flying to Siberia — says Lidia Astakhova now.
— For some reason I imagined a great scientific history. Here we improve the strain, develop technology, and then for me it was a white spot, what to do with all this”. But what did Anna Linnik. In 2015 the company “Kera-Tech” appeared first on biologic. Today these orders of 1.5 tonnes.
Despite the fact that 5 kilograms of the drug sufficient for processing of 5 tons of waste per 4.5 tons of protein. In company plans — opening of branches “Kera-Tech” in the regions. In addition Linnik is in talks with farms in the Bryansk, Tyumen and Kazakhstan. While investors from Canada ask her to open a joint company to enter the North American market, since the price of the biological product in two times lower enzyme substances sold in the world. But personally, I really want to build in Kemerovo plant biotechnology and the laboratory for testing different technologies on an industrial scale, said Linnik.
— I hope in 2016 we will start construction. We want to work with the biotechnology that we produce. Because they usually have no place to work, and they go for the cash register in shops and machinery for meat factory. In March 2016 “Kera-Tech” plans to attract angel investments, and to increase the companys value. But many in the city of coal continues to believe that Anna Linnik was fucked when was a night to sit in the lab, watching the strain.
It is hard to talk about technologys weight in the dust where life blows the seams.