Danish biotech company Biosyntia and German-based WACKER Group have recently signed a contract to jointly develop large-scale production process for fermentation-based biotin. The long-term partnership aims to make fermentation-based biotin available for the full range of relevant applications as a sustainable, non-chemical, European-sourced alternative.
Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is a coenzyme for the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) attributes health-promoting effects, so-called health claims, to biotin. Seven health claims have been defined. For example, biotin contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system and macronutrient metabolisms as well as to the maintenance of normal skin and hair. Demand for biotin, which is also used as a dietary supplement, is rising sharply – driven by the megatrends health and well-being. A recent study predicts growth of around 10% annually in the near future with the global biotin market expected to reach US$376 million in 2026.
Presently, the biotin available on the market is synthetically produced from non-renewable petrochemicals.
WACKER and Biosyntia are dedicating considerable R&D resources in a multi-year program, which will build on Biosyntia’s world-leading biotin technology. Only plant-based raw materials will be used in fermentative production. Martin Plambech, CEO of Biosyntia said, “Demand for more natural products is increasing – and with it the need for companies to use ingredients that are sustainable. Producing active ingredients from advanced fermentation is the future of production.”
Biotin has a wide range of applications in food & beverages, infant nutrition, nutraceuticals, pet food, animal feed, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. “With fermentation-based biotin, we want to offer customers a non-chemical, sustainable alternative that is produced in Europe,” said Susanne Leonhartsberger, President of WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS, WACKER’s life science division.
Biosyntia is a global leader in the development of fermentation processes for production of selected small molecules. The Danish biotech company has a proprietary microbial technology platform, on which it is building a rapidly growing pipeline of active ingredients for the beauty and nutrition industries.
WACKER brings strong expertise in biotechnological process development and industrial-scale fermentation to the partnership. The company also has a deep understanding of requirements and regulations of the food and nutraceutical industry. WACKER offers a broad portfolio here, including fermentation-based L-cysteine and solutions for formulating effective dietary supplements.
Both partners aim to produce fermentation-based biotin and make it broadly available in the market.
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