— DianaPlantSciences’ technology consists in the controlled culture of plant cells producing specific desired plant components, thus eliminating the need to grow the entire plant
PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the plant cell culture market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes DianaPlantSciences with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Visionary Innovation Leadership. DianaPlantSciences’ ceaseless efforts to integrate smart, sustainable technology into agricultural production methods have enabled it to address ever-evolving customer needs for smarter plant cell culture technologies. It has allowed clients to dispense with the conventional agricultural technology of field-grown plants, which is often inefficient, inapplicable to rare plant species and detrimental to the environment on a commercial scale.
In line with the Mega Trend of ‘Smart is the New Green’, DianaPlantSciences provides turnkey solutions to increase customers’ operational efficiency. This is achieved by encouraging the use of high-quality, full-traceability plant secondary metabolites as raw materials, whether contained in their original plant cells or extracted therefrom. Secondary metabolites obtained from plant cell culture technology are non-GMO, free from contaminants, and contain nutritional properties suited to pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical applications.
DianaPlantSciences’ ability to design and commercialise the plant cell culture technology facilitates the culture of desired plant components in bioreactors, doing away with the need to grow an entire plant. In addition to enhancing operational efficiency and productivity, DianaPlantSciences’ meticulously designed manufacturing process drastically reduces the utilization of natural resources, such as agricultural land and manpower.
"Cultured in a controlled environment, plant cells are free from pests and contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides and pollutants, resulting in high-quality yield," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Tharmathas Alagappan. "In addition, DianaPlantSciences’ minimal downstream processes, which dispense with the complex process of harvesting, transporting and extracting desired compounds from full grown plants, give a huge boost to energy efficiency."
Overall, this disruptive technology is anticipated to raise the industry benchmark in quality, traceability as well as operational and energy efficiency.
Further showcasing its innovation abilities, DianaPlantSciences developed Cocovanol™, the first nutraceutical ingredient produced completely in a bioreactor via plant cell culture technology. Cocovanol Cocoa Actives contains significantly higher flavanol content than basic cocoa, and only traces of caffeine and theobromine. This makes Cocovanol™ a better source of nutrition, and raw material for the nutraceutical and cosmeceutical industry.
Importantly, DianaPlantSciences’ heavy R&D investments have allowed it to research rare plant species and thereby, to expand its intellectual portfolio. Its sophisticated plant cell culture technology permits it to explore and leverage an infinite number of plant species, as only a minute specimen sample is required to initiate micropropagation. This enables it to produce novel, proprietary ingredients that are patentable.
"The utilization of advanced bio-informatics to screen plant cell lines, synergized with its rare understanding of plant metabolic pathways, assists maximal product differentiation through the production of innovative plant phyto-actives," noted Alagappan.
DianaPlantSciences harnesses its full intellectual capabilities to provide cutting-edge solutions, tailored to meet end-users demands. Frost & Sullivan firmly believes that the company’s plant cell culture solutions are visionary, and offer clients a competitive edge in the highly demanding industry.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents the Visionary Innovation Leadership award to companies that have demonstrated the understanding to leverage global Mega Trends, as well as to integrate the vision into processes to achieve strategic excellence. The award recognizes the efficacy of the recipient’s innovative process and the impact it has on business and society at large.
Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognizes companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research.
DianaPlantSciences is a company of DIANA – now part of SYMRISE -, a global company focused on organoleptic performance of natural ingredients for the food, pet food, nutraceutical, aquaculture and cosmetic industries. DIANA has revenues of over $500 million, employs over 1,500 people and is established in 22 countries.
Based in Portland, DianaPlantSciences spearheads the activities of DIANA in biosciences with a unique expertise in the sustainable production of natural ingredients from plant cell culture technology. For more information, visit DianaPlantSciences at www.dianaplantsciences.com.
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