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BRAIN at a Glance

BRAIN is one of Europe’s leading companies in the field of industrial biotechnology. Since the company was founded, it has developed from an “R&D powerhouse” into an integrated company covering the entire value chain – from laboratory through to production.

Headquarter: BRAIN AG in Zwingenberg, Germany, is headquarter and innovation center of the BRAIN Group
Founding year: 1993
Employees: 135 (September 2020): 54% female, 55% academics, 23% PhDs, around 60 different professional degrees
Employee skills: Biology, microbiology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, bioprocess en-gineering, nutrition, chemical analytics
Markets: BRAIN´s solutions and products are successfully applied in the feed, food, health and chemical industries
Resources: The BRAIN BioArchive offers access to an immense variety of new biological solutions for sustainable industrial processes and ingredients: microorganisms, natural compounds, fractions obtained from edible plant material, metagenome and enzyme libraries, complete metabolic pathways including previously unculturable organisms.
Services / Contract R&D ENZYMES: Discovery, analysis, optimization, sampling, formulation and production in a variety of hosts.
MICROORGANISMS: Identification and strain development (non-GMO and GMO); supply of functional biomass to optimize industrial production processes.
BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS: Discovery (high-throughput isolation; extraction and purification of natural products from variable biological resources); structure elucidation and characterization; activity- and sequence-based screenings including biochemical and human cell-based assays; production.
BIOENGINEERING: Bio-process development at laboratory scale / scale-up to 200L scale for process validation and sample generation/ process transfer & production scale

People at BRAIN...

... support bioeconomy

With our innovative bio-based products and solutions for nutrition, health and the environment, we support the development of business and the economy towards a greater level of bioeconomic activity.

... focus on industrial biotechnology

We support our customers from the industry on their path to sustainable processes and products. Accordingly our focus is on industrial (“white”) biotechnology.

... offer R&D services and speciality business

BRAIN´s BioScience segment is characterized by research projects lasting one or more years with some of the world’s most renowned companies. The BioIndustrial segment focuses on the specialty business in the production and refinement of enzymes, microorganisms and bioactive natural substances, as well as on related trading.

... adress issues for better and healthier lifes

Our own research and our partner programs address some of the most important issues to make people’s lifes better and healthier.

...develop products that are aimed to less cyclical end-markets

Our products are generally aimed at less cyclical end-markets. Furthermore, natural-based products exhibit above-average market growth in line with rising consumer demand.

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