Reinach, Switzerland, 8 August 2013 – Evolva Holding SA (SIX: EVE) announced today that, following Evolva’s request, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has issued a notice that resveratrol should be classified into the Non-drug material group. This opens the way to using Evolva’s natural, fermentation-derived resveratrol in food and as a nutritional supplement in Japan, provided it complies with the food sanitation act and other general safety assessments. This decision significantly facilitates the approval process for the product in Japan. Evolva’s resveratrol already has self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) status in the US and is European Novel Foods approved.
Resveratrol is a natural compound produced by a number of plants, perhaps most notably from the Japanese and Chinese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) and the skin of red grapes. Resveratrol has been shown to have beneficial effects against several conditions related to ageing, and is associated with some of the documented health benefits of red wine, in which it occurs at low concentrations. It is used in a variety of dietary supplement products as well as in chewing gums, beverages and anti-ageing moisturising creams.
“Evolva acquired its resveratrol program just over six months ago and is currently applying its yeast fermentation technology platform to significantly improve the product’s functionality and supply chain economics,” said Evolva CEO Neil Goldsmith. “And we are also keen to significantly expand the product application potential of this product.”
Evolva’s resveratrol optimisation efforts should have as their end result an innovative new suite of fermentation-derived resveratrol products whose quality, reliability, purity, and functionality should be highly attractive to a wide range of global food and beverage ingredient producers, major players keen to upgrade their global food and beverage brands, and retail supplement distributors. The animal health field might also figure into the future of Evolva’s fermentation-derived resveratrol products. This comprehensive transitioning of Evolva’s resveratrol program is expected to have its first commercial impact in the second half of 2014.
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