Indena and dsm-firmenich partner to develop novel botanical solutions

By Nikki Hancocks

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Nutrition giant dsm-firmenich has announced a strategic partnership with Italian botanicals supplier Indena to develop science-backed novel botanical solutions for human health.

The global firms will focus their joint efforts on ingredients to support specific health areas, including immunity, vision, brain health, women's health, healthy aging and gut health.

The key aim is to develop market-ready botanical solutions which are new in terms of their origin, ingredient combination, and formulation, to resonate with the needs of today’s consumers. 

Martin Dos Ramos, Global Vice President Dietary Supplements at Swiss-Dutch dsm-firmenich, explains that the partnership will combine Indena's expertise in research and development of botanical derivatives with dsm-firmenich's product formulation expertise. 

He says: “As consumer demand for botanicals continues to gain traction globally, this purpose-led partnership directly addresses the market need for effective, science-backed products that are aligned to the most relevant health needs...

"Indena has long been a pioneer in the research and development of botanical derivatives. Science will remain at the core of our partnership and, when combined with our premix and market-ready solutions, flavor, taste masking and product formulation expertise, we are ideally placed to help take our customers’ innovations to the next level."

Daniele Giavini, Managing Director at Indena, adds: “Today’s savvy consumer requires increasingly smarter products in terms of ingredients as well as formulation. Already in the next few months, our collaboration will bring products onto the market that combine and enhance the effectiveness of technologically advanced botanical extracts and ingredients from both companies.

"But above all, we want to launch a medium- and long-term planning process to build solutions that are not yet existing: solutions devised to respond to the increasingly sophisticated demands of a public wishing to take care of their own wellbeing with products that are scientifically studied, clinically tested and technologically ground-breaking, for proven effectiveness.”

With both companies committed to progressing towards the UN’s sustainable development goals, the firms assert that all projects within the partnership will aim to put sustainability first – from raw materials sourcing to production and marketing – with a focus on environmental impact, use of renewable energies and building a more circular economy.

For all business areas, other than the solutions selected for the partnership, the two companies will proceed fully independently.

About the partners

Royal DSM and Firmenich completed their merger earlier this year​ to create dsm-firmenich - a 'trailblazer' in nutrients, flavours and fragrances, with operations in almost 60 countries and revenues of more than €12 billion. The industry behemoth is focused on researching, manufacturing and combining nutrients, flavours, and fragrances for human health. 

Indena is dedicated to the identification, development and production of high-quality active principles derived from plants, for use in the pharmaceutical and health food industries. Backed up by a century of botanical experience, the company owns 100 patent families, has published more than 1,000 scientific studies and co- operates with the world’s most prestigious universities and private research institutions.

Headquartered in Milan, Indena has four production sites and five international branches throughout the world and manages sales in more than 80 countries. 


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