NatLifE 2020 Strategic Alliance Given Go-Ahead After Successful Interim Review

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2016-03-01 / 12:10
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NatLifE 2020 Strategic Alliance Given Go-Ahead After Successful Interim

Alliance's second phase scheduled to commence as planned

Zwingenberg, March 01, 2016 - The NatLifE 2020 strategic alliance,
coordinated by BRAIN AG, was the first research alliance funded under the
German Ministry of Education and Research's (BMBF) "Innovation Initiative
for Industrial Biotechnology" programme, starting on February 01, 2013. In
the end of the year 2015 the alliance underwent an interim review by a
panel of scientific experts set up by the BMBF. The expert panel
recommended to enter into Phase 2 of the strategic alliance. The NatLifE
2020 alliance partners aim at developing a new generation of sustainably
produced and biologically active components, which may be used as active
ingredients by the cosmetics and food industries, which in turn will
notably improve the nutrition, health, well being and lives of people.

The first NatLifE 2020 phase saw the publication of eight scientific
papers, numerous lectures at symposia (25) as well as some initial patent
applications (six plus three in the pipeline), which all highlight the
extraordinary quality of what has been achieved so far in both the
scientific and economic arenas. During the upcoming NatLifE stages the
bioactive ingredients identified so far will now be fine-tuned with the
full value chain in mind. First positive taste and application experiments
involving some of the identified bioactive substances have already taken

"Phase 1 results have exceeded our expectations as coordinator in many
respects. After such a short period of research it is really impressive to
see how very promising some first bioactive substances perform in
application tests," says Dr. Michael Krohn, Unit Head BioActives &
Performance Proteins at BRAIN AG.

"For the upcoming second phase of the NatLifE 2020 programme, the 22
members of the alliance, among them AB Enzymes and AnalytiCon Discovery,
now include a larger number of industrial partners," explains Dr. Dirk
Sombroek, coordinator of the alliance's efforts and platform coordinator at
BRAIN AG. "We welcome Henkel AG & Co. KGaA as well as Phyton Biotech GmbH
as our new partners. We expect them to help the alliance exploit as of yet
untapped potential for synergies, in particular as regards market approval
and marketing of the identified natural substances. As a new technology
partner, the Lübeck-based Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine
Biotechnology further strengthens the NatLifE 2020 team."

As scheduled, Phase 2 will start on March 01, 2016 and ends on February 28,
2019. The content of Phase 3, also planned for three years, will be
presented to the expert panel by the end of 2018.


BRAIN AG is one of Europe's technology leaders in the field of industrial
'white' biotechnology. Within strategic alliances, BRAIN AG has identified
and developed numerous innovative products and solutions for companies in
the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries by harnessing
nature's untapped biodiversity. These active product components are
identified by BRAIN AG and contained in the company's "BioArchive", one of
the most comprehensive archives of its kind. Since its foundation in 1993,
BRAIN has entered into 102 strategic cooperations with nearly every
prominent company in the chemical industry. Cooperation partners include
BASF, Bayer Schering, Clariant, DSM, Evonik Degussa, Henkel, Nutrinova,
RWE, Sandoz, Südzucker and Symrise. The company currently employs around
120 highly skilled personnel. 


Biotechnology Research And Information Network AG
Dr. Martin Langer
Executive Vice President
Corporate Development
Darmstädter Str. 34-36
64673 Zwingenberg, Germany

Tel.: +49-6251-9331-0
Fax: +49-6251-9331-11

About NatLifE 2020

The NatLifE 2020 strategic alliance currently unites 22 industrial, SME and
academic partners. The alliance with the funding code FKZ 031A206 is
scheduled to last for nine years and has a total budget of Euro 30m. After
winning the bid, the alliance was the first strategic alliance to be
co-funded from February 01, 2013 under the German Ministry of Education and
Research's "Innovation Initiative for Industrial Biotechnology" programme.
The alliance's efforts are coordinated by BRAIN AG of Zwingenberg. Phase 2,
the development phase of the alliance, will last for three years and will
start as planned on March 01, 2016.


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