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Nueva tecnología de producción sostenible y rentable de aromas naturales mediante fermentación


Oferta Tecnológica
Una empresa alemana ha desarrollado una plataforma tecnológica para producir aromas naturales a partir de azúcar, recursos renovables y residuos de biomasa. Las principales ventajas incluyen la mayor rentabilidad en comparación con los procesos de extracción, incremento de la productividad, sostenibilidad y aroma intenso. La empresa busca socios industriales, como empresas de las industrias alimentaria, farmacéutica (mejora del sabor de medicamentos), cosmética, etc., con el fin de establecer acuerdos comerciales con asistencia técnica.


Innovative technology for sustainable and cost effective production of natural flavour via fermentation
A German globally active contract R-Y-D company (SME) has developped a technology plattform to produce natural aroma on the basis of sugar/renewable resources/biomass residues. Main advantages: more cost-effective than extractive process, optimised yield, sustainable, intensive flavour. It is available in raspberry or violet. They look for industrial partners, e.g. producer of food, pharma (improvement of taste of medicines), cosmetics etc. for commercial agreement with technical assistance.
The availability of pure flavours enables the imitation of natural flavours or targeted creation of new flavour compostion or aroma for cosmetic products. At present the extraction of pure flavours from plants is laborious and shows small yields. In the long run yield improvement by biotechnological processes is desirable.

Hence a German SME has developped a technology for the fermentative production of an enantiomerically-pure flavour (R)-alpha-ionon. It enables the production of pure raspberry or violet aroma without mixture of beta- and gamma ionon and without the woody aroma of the (s) form of the alpha ionon. Due to this yield optimized procedure up to 20 hectare per gram (R) - alpha ionon agricultural area for the cultivation of raspberry or 111 tons of raspberries can be saved.
The technology of the company which has received prizes in the past, combines the efficiency of plant´s biosynthesis and the eased use of microorganism.

Biomass serves as raw material and carotinoids build the precursor of the flavor. Specific enzymes cut the carotinoids into the flavor molecules. The whole process takes place in bacteria in the form of fermentation.

Possible fields of application are the pharmaceutical and food market, flavour and fragnance branch, wellness etc.

They look for companies, e.g. drug developer, flavours producer, supplement producer for commercial agreement with technical assistance.
Advantages and Innovations:
- in comparison to current processes the technology describes a high pure flavor without any disturbing by-products
- more cost-effective than extractive process
- optimised yield
- sustainable because e.g. sugar as feedstock; less consumption of natural ressources: for 1 gram aroma only one sugar beet in the fermentor is necessary instead of 20 hectares rasperry yield via extraction
- simple purification
- intensive flavour
- enantiomerically-pure aroma
- improvement of the taste of e.g. medicines for children
- compound with high recognition (odour) value
- no synthesis of similar compounds like in a chemical process which are difficult to separate or have unwanted side effects
- no petrochemical process
Stage of Development:
Available for demonstration
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
for Germany

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
As partners companies, e.g. producer of food, pharma (improvement of taste of medicines, e.g. for children), cosmetics, perfumes or as application for wellbeing products etc. for commercial agreement with technical assistance are possible.
The German company offers to support the transfer of the technology and provides the steady supply of enantiomer-free (R)-alpha-Ionone who nobody else can produce in that way.
The task of the partner sought is to apply the technology e.g. in the production of many food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and other valuable products and/or adapt it to its needs.


Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 11-49
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
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Restrict dissemination to specific countries:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States


Technology Keywords:
06002006 Biología sintética
06002001 Bioquímica / biofísica
06006011 Fermentación
05001004 Química orgánica