BASF declares Force Majeure for Vitamin A and E and several CarotenoidsNovember 14, 2017
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For several thousand years, fragrances have touched human being’s lives. With the industrialization of the fragrance industry in the 19th century, a broad consumer base has been empowered to express themselves every day and to create unique life experiences in many ways.
But developing and launching new aroma ingredients is a risky, highly regulated and time-consuming process:
Very few companies have the capabilities required and the financial strength to be in this business by themselves. Large players usually justify research programs for new aroma ingredients with margins from their formulation businesses. Considering the capabilities and investments required as well as associated risks, access to new aroma ingredients is limited to a few global players. There could be an alternative way to identifying new aroma ingredients through leveraging the skills of more players in the fragrance industry.
In addition to structured research for new aroma ingredients by the few, one could also apply a structured screening approach of the millions of substances at the hands of the chemical industry. Applying methods of computational science using meaningful descriptors and state-of-the-art algorithms may result in valuable structure-response relationships for a typification of such substances. Important parameters of a molecule like the odor profile, stability in application or the toxicological profile could be judged even before a single gram of the material has ever been synthesized by a chemist. A key to precise predictions is a profound database, in quality, as well as in quantity. This novel approach would substantially reduce risk and time-to-market; the regulatory approval process would turn into the critical path.
For the reasons stated above, BASF’s Aroma Ingredients business works on creating a fragrance innovation ecosystem. We are excited to explore new opportunities and work with our partners on the verification of the above alternate innovation approach. We will keep you posted.