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Chr. Hansen teams up with top-notch research institution

Press release   •   Oct 18, 2010 09:00 UTC

2011 through 2015 Chr. Hansen and TI Food and Nutrition will collaborate on further disclosing the sophisticated mechanisms of the human gut.

In a move to further strengthen its scientific understanding of gastrointestinal health Chr. Hansen joins TI Food and Nutrition as a sponsoring partner. From January 2011 and four years onwards Chr. Hansen and the Dutch research consortium will collaborate on research in five specific projects which will pave the way for improved insight about the role of probiotics in the gut.

TI Food and Nutrition is a Holland-based consortium of universities, international food and nutrition companies and private research organizations which was founded in the year 1997. TI Food and Nutrition has grown to become a highly respected research institution with a solid track record of publications and patents within digestive health and other nutritional areas.

Pre-competitive research

“I’m very pleased to announce this research alliance,” says Benedicte Flambard who heads up R&D in Chr. Hansen’s Health & Nutrition Division. “TI Food and Nutrition is a recognized research leader with internationally renowned scientific experts in its network. The partnership will not enable us to offer new, scientifically documented probiotic solutions right away. Rather, we expect this initiative to bring the fundamental, pre-competitive probiotic research to the next level, bridging it with current challenges in the food, nutrition and pharmaceutical industries.”

Great innovation potential

Jan Maat, Managing Director of TI Food and Nutrition welcomes Chr. Hansen as one of five new industry partners in the research program for the next four years. “We are very proud to have Chr. Hansen as a partner because of their leading business position. We are committed to a structured approach to pre-competitive applied research of strategic importance to our industry partners. Our 2011-2014 program enables our partners to select and invest in the research that offers them the greatest innovation potential in line with their business development strategies and R&D capabilities,” Jan Maat comments.

As an industrial sponsor Chr. Hansen will obtain rights to any intellectual property resulting from the partnership program. Moreover, the alliance allows immediate industrial implementation of results or technologies which are developed in the collaboration.

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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