BUSINESS: Olives & Wine: Conagen Makes It Accessible Antioxidant Hydroxytyrosol Through Fermentation

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September 10, 2021 15: 25 ET | Source: Conagen

Bedford, Mass., Sept. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leveraging its robust phenolics platform, Conagen announced the expansion of the health ingredient portfolio of its commercial partner Blue California, with the successful scale-up and commercialization of the powerful natural antioxidant ingredient hydroxytyrosol.

Hydroxytyrosol, which is a phenylethanoid, can be found in wine and olives. The majority of hydroxytyrosol can be found in olive juice, with a small amount in oil. The majority of hydroxytyrosol products on the market today are either made from processed olive juice, or synthetic.

Conagen’s high-purity hydroxytyrosol is virtually colorless and odorless, making it ideal for formulating different products. It is made using a sustainable, cost-effective natural fermentation process. This has resulted in several patent applications.

“Hydroxytyrosol is derived from one of our four small-molecule platforms. “The flexibility of our phenolics platform allowed us to quickly scale up and commercialize hydroxytyrosol as well as other novel ingredients. This highlights our productive innovation engine, reliability, and partnership in strategic services,” stated Casey Lippmeier (Vice President of Innovation at Conagen).

Hydroxytyrosol has received increasing attention in the dietary supplement world due to its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that contribute to the many health benefits of consuming olives. Clinical and preclinical studies have shown that hydroxytyrosol supports healthy cholesterol levels and heart health.

“The Mediterranean diet is consistently rated as one of the healthiest diets, partially attributed to the use of olives,” Blue California’s Research, Science and Innovation Officer, Linda May-Zhang, Ph.D. “Hydroxytyrosol is one of the most potent antioxidants in olives, and research suggests the great promise of this molecule in healthy aging and potential immune support applications.”

In addition to immune health, emerging research suggests hydroxytyrosol supports heart health, metabolic health, bone health, brain health, and beauty.

Immune health will remain a top priority for consumers as 64% of global consumers are looking to improve their immunity over the next 12 months, reported by FMCG Gurus, Top Ten Trends for 2021, Dec. 2020.

Conagen provides unprecedented access to sustainably produced compounds that are not often found in nature,” stated Lippmeier. “We expect this and other related compounds will prove useful as cost-effective food or cosmetic ingredients or as additives to other products in which oxidation must be mitigated.”

Using precision fermentation, Conagen produces an extensive portfolio of ingredients, with a recent focus on phenolic antioxidants and natural preservatives such as Rosmarinic acid (Rosavel(r)), Capsaicin, and the recently announced p-Coumaric Acid (PCA). These ingredients are just a few of the many health-promoting flavonoids that Conagen produces, including Dihydroquercetin(DHQ), also known by Taxifolin.

Blue California is a provider of solutions and manufacturer/distributor of specialty ingredients, flavors, and fragrances and has a long-standing innovation partnership with Conagen. Conagen is a company that develops sustainable, natural-based ingredients that either improve on existing products or offer completely new solutions.

About Conagen

Conagen is a product-focused synthetic biology R&D company with large-scale manufacturing capabilities. Our engineers and scientists use the most recent synthetic biology tools to create high-quality, sustainable products that are based on nature. This is done by precision fermentation and enzyme bioconversion. Our focus is on bioproduction of high-value ingredients in food, nutrition, flavor and fragrances as well as the pharmaceutical and renewable material industries.

About Blue California

Blue California is a vertically integrated technology company providing innovative ingredient solutions to global partners. With more than 20 years of innovation success, our ingredients are used in commercial products and applications in nutrition, personal care, healthy aging and wellness, functional food and beverage, and beauty.

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