Naturex signs patent license targeting anthocyanins


By signing an exclusive patent license for enhancing anthocyanins, Naturex expands its use of open innovation and differentiates its botanical product portfolio

AVIGNON, France 16 June 2016 –Raspberries, blueberries, black currant and bilberries… what do all of these berries have in common? Anthocyanins—the pigments that give them their vibrant red and purple coloring. Anthocyanins are members of the flavonoid group of phytochemicals and have long been valued as a natural colorant. But they have also been used for centuries in herbal medicine for their abundant health benefits.

Laboratory research as well as scientific studies suggest that anthocyanins have a wide range of biological activities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties. Thanks to their potent antioxidant properties, red and purple berries and vegetables may play important roles in helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, diabetes and obesity.

The NATUREX GROUP, and EPC Natural Products Co., Ltd., have signed an exclusive patent license related to stabilized anthocyanin compositions. EPC is a product discovery company that developed an innovative technology for enhancing the stability and bioavailability of blueberry anthocyanin compositions. Under the terms of the agreement, Naturex, the world leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients, will have the exclusive right to use this patented technology in its future product developments.

Doug Klaiber, CEO of Naturex-DBS, commented: “This licensing agreement with EPC is part of Ingenium, our recently-launched global Open Innovation initiative. Signing an exclusive license to this patented technology will allow us to differentiate our products and offer unique solutions to our customers. Naturex shall continue the search for new technologies to enhance the function, bio-efficacy, bioavailability or delivery of plant phytoactives for food, nutrition and personal care as part of Ingenium.”  


About Naturex

Naturex sources, manufactures and markets natural specialty ingredients for the food, health and cosmetic industries. As the Natural Maker, the company actively supports the global shift to natural by directly addressing  key consumer expectations through an offer built on two main focus areas: My Natural Food and My Natural Selfcare.Naturex’s portfolio includes colors, antioxidants, specialty fruits & vegetables, phytoactives, and numerous other plant-based natural ingredients, designed to help its customers create healthy, authentic and effective products.The Group’s strong commitment to sustainability, continuous innovation process, and the talent of its people are at the heart of its success.

Headquartered in Avignon, France, Naturex has experienced steadily-increasing growth throughout the last 20 years. The group posted €397.8 million in sales in 2015 and employs 1,700 people worldwide. Naturex is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B – Index: Euronext Next 150, Enternext CAC PEA-PME 150, CAC Small & Mid, CAC Small, Gaïa - Ticker: NRX - Reuters: NATU.PA - Bloomberg: NRX:FP - DR SYMBOL: NTUXY

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