Symrise takes over the Italian biotech company Cutech in Padua. Cutech specializes in special preclinical screening services based on innovative proprietary ex vivo models for the skin, sebaceous glands and hair. In addition, Cutech offers a portfolio of patented natural ingredients such as microalgae, which excellently complements Symrise’s product lines. The acquisition expands Symrise’s know-how in the efficacy testing of cosmetic ingredients and opens up new opportunities for collaboration with scientific partners. In addition, it accelerates the market launch of new active ingredients.
Occupational safety is of the utmost importance to Symrise, so we were overjoyed in June 2019, when The Memic Group, specialized in workers’ compensation insurance, presented Symrise North America with the Safety Excellence Award for the excellent occupational health and safety at its 18 sites in the region. Symrise was given exceptional scores in all five categories of the competition: injury rate, property damage rate, management support, safety programs and company culture.
new lab for cosmetic ingredients goes into operation in Holzminden. Symrise intends to use the new lab to thoroughly research the interaction of ingredients in formulations and to identify new characteristics. It will also accelerate the market launch of new products. The lab will help in creating customer-specific products as well as developing new innovative materials for use in cosmetics.
Symrise founds the coalition “One Planet Business for Biodiversity” (OP2B) together with 17 other international companies. The partners are committed to working together to develop environmentally friendly agricultural methods and changing how they create value in order to protect and foster biodiversity. The initiative is focused on developing regenerative farming methods to protect the soil, increasing diversity in the range of products among food companies to foster endangered crop varieties and creating strategies to protect threatened ecosystems. The coalition aims to achieve these three goals by 2030.
The creation of an innovation lab directly at a key customer’s location – the Unilever Foods Innovation Center – marks Symrise taking a new path in product development. This goes hand-in-hand with close collaboration with the research institute Wageningen University & Research, which is also located at the Food Campus in the Dutch town of Wageningen. The transfer of knowledge with customers and science at a single, shared location will be a model for success. This integrated approach will enable the companies to optimally integrate and develop new products together in a creative and efficient manner, bolstered by the scientific expertise of renowned food scientists.