âWith our advanced cell-free bioproduction platform, we are able to produce colored ingredients that are simply not possible with traditional fermentation-based bioproduction. ” Joshua Britton, CEO of Debut Biotechnology, explains in a recent press release on the deal.
Cellless biotechnology is what California-based Debut is known for. The company strives to make bioproduction more efficient than popular fermentation-type biotechnology. By using only selected parts of cells (of a microorganism), the platform eliminates part of the waste of spent organisms as well as waste of raw materials. The platform mainly relies on enzymes as the engines of production.
“Our colors are of natural origin with a fraction of the inputs – less waste and energy – and without the use of petrochemicals”, Britton adds, noting that âWith this approach, we are able to achieve a level of complexity that creates whole new possibilities for the color ingredient landscape in all industries. ”
Partnership with a pigment specialist to explore new markets
Founded in 2007 and based in Tokyo, Japan, DIC is a chemical company serving the packaging and graphics industry with inks; resins and coatings for consumer goods, electronic infrastructure applications, etc. pigments for display as well as for the cosmetics industry. Which explains why Britton calls DIC âEstablished leaders in the coloring ingredients industryâ.
The Debut Biotechnology – DIC agreement is an R&D agreement, binding the two companies in a development project of what is called “natural pigments” for the food and cosmetic industries.
As Kiyofumi Takano, Managing Director of DIC, describes the collaboration, “DIC hopes to combine Debut’s advanced knowledge of enzymatic reactions and process design with DIC’s scaling technology, quality control and product development capabilities to develop and commercialize novel dyes, pigments. and healthy biobased sustainable foods with high added value for global markets. “
The companies are optimistic that, combined with the Debut platform and DIC’s know-how, they will meet consumer demand for industrial-scale degradable natural colors and deliver colors and pigments of a purity that would not otherwise have been available from non-petroleum sources.