About Yeast

There is just no substitute for yeast. Yeast has been used for millennia as an ingredient in foods and beverages such as bread, wine, beer, and cider. It is safe to say that yeast has been an important building block of human civilization for hundreds of years.

For all this time, the yeast species Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been relied upon mainly for use in baking and fermenting alcoholic beverages. Today, many new valuable applications are constantly being discovered, researched and developed.

Yeast is extremely important as a model organism in cell biology research, and is one of the most thoroughly researched eukaryotic micro-organisms, serving to assist in understanding fundamental cell processes such as the cell cycle, cell division and metabolism, and DNA replication. Many proteins important in human biology were first discovered by researching their counterparts in yeast. 

Renaissance BioScience scientists and our collaborating researchers continue to conduct intensive fundamental and applied research designed to uncover exciting new food, beverage and medical applications for this remarkable micro-organism.