Green Bioactives

October 18, 2023

BY Alexander Kalis

Revolutionising Sustainable Production of Plant-Derived Ingredients

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Green Bioactives is leading a revolutionary approach in the production of plant-derived ingredients, utilising groundbreaking plant cell culture technology. This innovative method allows for the sustainable and reliable production of valuable plant-derived ingredients, which are integral to various applications essential to daily life, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food ingredients, nutraceuticals, and crop protection products.

Sustainable and Reliable Production
The technology developed by Green Bioactives enables the production of these ingredients without the need to destroy trees or natural habitats, addressing the challenges of obtaining such compounds at the required volume sustainably. This is a significant advancement, considering the global inclination towards natural products and the growing concern among consumers regarding the sustainability of the sourcing of their products.

Addressing Unmet Needs
Professor Gary Loake, a world-leading plant biologist from the University of Edinburgh and the founder of Green Bioactives, identified the need to alter the production methods of plant natural ingredients. He developed this unique plant cell culture technology at the University’s Institute for Molecular Plant Sciences and the Centre for Engineering Biology, aiming to overcome the limitations of current technologies that depend on culturing dedifferentiated plant cells, known for their low yield and vulnerability to stresses during the manufacturing process.

Overcoming Challenges in Plant Product Harvesting
The conventional methods of harvesting plant natural products are often uneconomical due to low yields and the extensive time some plants take to reach maturity for harvest. They are also unsustainable and resource-intensive, causing destruction to environments, and unreliable, with supply chains being compromised by seasons, adverse weather, crop diseases, land, and water shortages. Green Bioactives’ technology addresses these challenges, offering a more economical and sustainable solution.

Product Milestones and Innovations
Since its seed round, Green Bioactives has achieved significant product milestones, including the development of GBL-Memory¹, a patented memory enhancement complex containing Fructooligosaccharides and L-theanine, proven to improve Total Memory.

Furthermore, the company is set to launch GBL-Skin¹ Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) in Q4 2023, a highly sustainable skincare ingredient produced using their Plant Cell Culture Technology. Another notable innovation is GBL-Skin² Saponin (Quillaja Saponaria), a natural emulsifier for use in cosmetic products, highlighting the versatility and sustainability of their technology.

Green Bioactives is at the forefront of sustainable innovation, transforming the production of plant-derived ingredients through its pioneering plant cell culture technology. By addressing the unmet needs in the production of plant natural ingredients and overcoming the challenges associated with conventional harvesting methods, the company is not only meeting the growing demand for natural and sustainably sourced products but is also contributing to the preservation of natural habitats and biodiversity. The advancements made by Green Bioactives are paving the way for a future where sustainability and innovation go hand in hand in delivering products essential to our daily lives.

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