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Chr. Hansen partners with Amino Up to develop breakthrough nutritional formulations

Press release   •   Sep 27, 2011 09:00 UTC

The two companies will work together to create clinically-documented products that address areas such as immune health and weight management.

Chr. Hansen A/S (Hoersholm, Denmark) has entered into a five-year partnership agreement with Amino Up Chemical Co. Ltd. (Sapporo, Japan) to develop unique dietary supplements and to explore the opportunity within functional foods utilizing the strong nutritional ingredient portfolios of each company. The new collaboration between Chr. Hansen, a global leader in the area of clinically-documented probiotics, and Amino Up, a research driven company focused on natural plant-derived ingredients, will yield exciting new products that best synergize the effects of each company’s flagship ingredients.

“It is thrilling to be partnering with a company that shares the same ideals and principals as we do at Chr. Hansen: A science-first approach, proven safety, and high investment in R&D,” says Brian Peeters, Partnership Manager, Human Health & Nutrition, Chr. Hansen, who was instrumental in coordinating the partnership.

Lasse Nagell, VP Global Sales, Human Health & Nutrition, Chr. Hansen, added, “The products we are now working on together with Amino Up have the potential to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of others.”

“Chr. Hansen and Amino Up share a number of common attributes such as our founding history and corporate philosophy. I believe we’ll be able to create a close partnership in a wide range of areas, not only product development but also giving back to the society by innovating health together,” says Ken-ichi Kosuna, Chairman, Amino Up, who founded the company in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 1984.

“Some studies have already confirmed synergistic effects of our new products. These products are being finalized to be introduced to the global market”, says Dr. Hajime Fujii, Executive Director, R&D Division, Amino Up.

The first products to come from the new partnership will be launched regionally in the beginning of 2012. The global sales and marketing of the new products will go through Chr. Hansen A/S, with the exception of Japan, which will be serviced by Amino Up.

About Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd.
Amino Up is a biotechnology company that produces nutritional supplements from the blessings of nature. The products are all novel bioactive substances backed by scientific evidences, and they are marketed globally. The company has carried out collaborative researches with over 80 institutions worldwide, ranging from universities to research institutes and medical hospitals. The products are manufactured in sustainable plants in Sapporo, Japan that complies with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 22000:2005.

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Chr. Hansen is a global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The products include cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors, and all solutions are based on strong research and development competencies coupled with significant technology investments. Revenue in the 2013/14 financial year was EUR 756 million. The company holds a leading market position in all its divisions: Cultures & Enzymes, Health & Nutrition and Natural Colors. It has more than 2,500 dedicated employees in over 30 countries and main production facilities in Denmark, France, USA and Germany. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen.

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