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Six reasons to invest

Reason No. 1: With our solutions we address the social trend towards more health and sustainability

BRAIN’s research and development (R&D) and industry-oriented research programs are aimed at solutions that make our industrial customers’ processes more efficient and environmentally compatible. Some solutions or products lead to products with greater nutritional and health value at the end of the value chain. Due to non-disclosure agreements, we are not able to present all R&D programs publicly. However, here are a few examples:

SOLUTIONS FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY:

Alternative sweeteners: BRAIN has been active in the area of taste research for several years and has developed a cell-based technology to identify and evaluate alternative natural sweeteners and sweetness enhancers in the laboratory. Our “sweet box” now contains over 100 possible substance candidates. The substances it includes are offered within the DOLCE program to industrial customers, who can test them in their food products for optimal sweetening power and taste experience.

Low-salt food products: The aim of the “Salt Taste Enhancer” programs is to create foods with reduced sodium content, but also with a consistent taste experience. In addition to plantbased natural compounds that are being developed into alternative flavor carriers, a cell-based test system from BRAIN is also utilized for in vitro flavor testing.

Tastier, healthier drinks: Natural-based substances that make non-alcoholic beverages tastier and healthier than conventional drinks: BRAIN supplies microorganisms as starter cultures for natural fermentation.

Food preservation: We identify plant-based antimicrobial candidates for the natural preservation of food and animal feed. The associated programs are open to industrial partners.

SOLUTIONS FOR MORE SUSTAINABILITY IN INDUSRIAL PROCESSES:

Gold recycling from e-scrap and similar: Our microbial gold recovery replaces conventional recycling processes, thereby reducing the utilization of aggressive and toxic chemicals. In addition, the biological process requires less energy, so the CO2 footprint of biological metal recovery processes is significantly reduced. Besides gold, other precious metals can be recovered in this way from computer scrap, slag and other waste of mineral origin (“urban mining”).

Gold mining in ores: Biological solutions based on specialized microorganisms also contribute to more sustainability in metal extraction from primary sources. In so-called “green mining”, biological extraction replaces chemical extraction and reduces the use of problematic cyanides.

CO2 as a raw material for chemicals: Microorganisms that use CO2 as their sole carbon source for their metabolisms can be used to produce “building blocks” from CO2 for chemical compounds.

SOLUTIONS FOR HEALTH:

Supporting wound healing: The Aurase® enzyme promotes the wound healing process. BRAIN produces this biological agent–which was originally found in larvae of the common green bottle fly–biotechnologically with microorganisms as producers, to a high level of purity. SolasCure Ltd., which was founded with investment from BRAIN, is currently dedicated to its development, CE certification and marketing as a medical product for the enzymatic cleansing of chronic wounds.

TMS business – finding bioactive ingredients for cosmetics: BRAIN has developed a cellbased test system that enables the identification of bioactive substances that have an effect on
skin cells. The test system is used to find bioactive substances from our extensive collection of
natural substances for industrial customers for their respective applications.

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