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
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
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
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.