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04/05/2007

Strategic partnership with BRAIN and AnalytiCon Discovery



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Symrise GmbH & Co. KG has entered into another strategic alliance in the biotechnology sector. The partnership with the leading biotech specialists BRAIN AG and AnalytiCon Discovery GmbH allows Symrise to further expand its development of innovative new active ingredients for use in cosmetics.

The main goal of the strategic partnership is the development of innovative, all-natural cosmetic active ingredients and aroma molecules.

AnalytiCon Discovery GmbH, headquartered in Potsdam, is leading in the field of generating and utilizing highly diverse natural product compoundlibraries featuring fully elucidated structures. Besides its substantial compoundlibraries, the company brings into the partnership its natural product specific expertise for structural optimization.

BRAIN AG a leading industrial biotechnology company is based in Zwingenberg and develops new bioactive natural compounds as well as proprietary enzymes for the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries. As part of the planned cooperation, its customized cellular based screening platforms will be made available to Symrise with the goal to identify novel bioactive substances for innovative cosmetics. This alliance will allow Symrise to forge into new territory in the development of highly effective cosmetic active ingredients. Symrise's expertise in the field of natural ingredients for skin and hair care will also be enhanced.

"In the growing cosmeceutical market we identified a huge potential for our company following an innovation-oriented product strategy using bioactive natural compounds. The co-operation with the two leading biotech companies BRAIN AG and AnalytiCon Discovery GmbH perfectly supplements and strengthens our own research and development strategies", says Achim Daub, member of the managing board of Symrise and therein responsible for the Segment Scent & Care. "We will further extend this successful strategy and are glad that we managed to build up a strong consortium. together with these two outstanding companies. This strategic partnership also in future will enable us to develop intelligent, natural, bioactive cosmetics with healthy characteristics for our customers."

"We are glad that with Symrise, as a successful and globally leading producerof cosmetic ingredients, we identified and convinced a strong partner for the utilisation of our innovative screening technology", comments Dr. Holger Zinke, CEO of BRAIN. "All three members of the newly formed consortium regard the fast growing cosmeceutical market as an attractive segment for the application of our unique technologies making the huge biological diversity of natural compounds accessible."

"The co-operation between Symrise, BRAIN und AnalytiCon supports the increasing relevance of natural product based discovery of active agents in the cosmetics industry," points out Dr. Lutz Müller-Kuhrt, CEO of AnalytiCon Discovery, reflecting the potential of the consortium. "The intensive and complementary co-operation of the three partners enables a rapid and highly efficient identification, optimization and development of innovative compounds for high value cosmetics, thus ensuring market shares for our industrial partner in a strongly growing field of business."

Source: Symrise GmbH & Co. KG



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