Personal Care Products
Our biobased carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that can
protect the skin and improve health in many ways.
Our ingredients for flavors and fragrances can provide biobased
options that are readily available and nature-identical.
Lycopene is a 40-carbon molecule related to other naturally-occurring pigments such as beta-carotene that are found in many foods. It is mainly associated with the red color in tomatoes however it is also present in watermelon, apricot, pink guava, and gac. Lycopene and other carotenoids are bioactive molecules with health benefits resulting from their anti-oxidant properties.
Commercial lycopene is produced through synthetic organic chemistry, harvested from microorganisms via fermentation, or extracted from fruits such as tomatoes. The lycopene content in tomatoes varies but is in the range of 10-20 mg per 100 g of fresh fruit, which means that it requires 100,000 tomatoes to produce 1 kg of lycopene.
Verdezyne produces lycopene by fermentation from renewable feedstocks in a process that is safe and environmentally friendly.
Beta-carotene is the most famous of the 40-carbon carotenoid molecules which are naturally-occurring pigments found in many fruits and vegetables. The name is taken from carrots, however other natural sources high in beta-carotene are pumpkin, sweet potato, crude palm oil and spinach. It has anti-oxidant properties and is well known as a precursor to Vitamin A which is important in eye health.
Most beta-carotene is produced by chemical synthesis from petroleum based precursors however it can also be harvested from microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, or algae) after fermentation.
Verdezyne produces beta-carotene in fermentation from renewable feedstocks using our proprietary yeast production platform.
Astaxanthin is another member of the carotenoid family of naturally occurring pigments and is responsible for the red color of salmon meat and cooked shrimp. The chemical structure is similar to beta-carotene; however, the additional oxygen moieties place astaxanthin in the xanthophyll subfamily of carotenoids. As with other carotenoids, it is a powerful antioxidant but its chemical structure prevents its metabolism into other vitamin forms leading to its accumulation in the tissues of animals.
It is naturally produced by yeast and algae for its antioxidant properties in response to exposure to intense sunlight. Commercially available astaxanthin is often harvested from these microorganisms after fermentation; however, the major production method is chemical synthesis from petroleum-based precursors.
Verdezyne produces astaxanthin in fermentation from renewable feedstocks using our proprietary yeast production platform.
Lutein is a yellow-colored carotenoid molecule produced only in plants. The chemical structure of lutein contains a beta ring and an epsilon ring at the termini, each of which are hydroxylated. It is an antioxidant and accumulates in the fat tissue of animals as well as in egg yolks making it an important component of poultry diet. It also accumulates in the retina where it can contribute to eye health.
Lutein is produced commercially from dried marigold flowers requiring large-scale cultivation, manual harvesting of flowers, and a multi-step process for the drying, saponification, and extraction of the free form of the molecule.
Verdezyne produces lutein in a one-step fermentation process from renewable feedstocks using our proprietary yeast production platform.
Flavors & Fragrances
Verdezyne's proprietary yeast fermentation platform allows us to bring a range of products that rely on non-food sources for the flavor and fragrance market. This brings the market more sustainable options that are also readily available and not derived from petroleum-based sources.
Dodecanedioic acid (DDDA) can be used in perfumery as a synthetic musk fragrance. It is traditionally produced from butadiene via a multi-step chemical process. Verdezyne has leveraged its yeast platform for the cost-advantaged production of DDDA from economically available plant-oil sourced feedstocks. Verdezyne’s BIOLON DDDA is a valuable intermediate in fragrances that can be found in fabric softeners and other household items.
Valencene imparts the citrus scent and flavor to fruit and can be obtained from Valencia oranges. It is often used in food and beverage applications, as well as personal care and household products. Extracting one kilogram of valencene from oranges, requires over one million kilograms of oranges. The impact of growing this many oranges for valencene is significant and the supply is inconsistent due to variations in weather.
Verdezyne's fermentation process utilizes a reliable and renewable raw material to produce valencene, and can provide a reliable source for this raw material.