2nd Compass to Europe's Innovative Chemical Companies
Holger Bengs, editor and author, studied chemistry and business administration. He worked for several years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry before starting his own consultancy, BCNP Consultants, with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. According to his background in polymer chemistry he got responsibility as a project manager for producing starch polymers by biocatalysis and furthermore to find new applications for these well defined biopolymers. He learned quickly that a project manager needs aside his own expertise experts from different fields, i.e. genetic engineering, fermentation, micro biology, marketing, economy. Scientific interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity beyond natural sciences are a key success factors to develop new products and to bring them successfully to the market. This story holds also true in the consulting practice of BCNP standing for biotech, chemistry, nanotech, pharma. The serie of Compasses to Europe s Innovative Chemical Companies was motivated by the observation that quite often one speaks about company founding and entrepreneurship in the context of biotechnology and nanotechnoloy, but not about innovative chemical companies; even if chemical substances and processes are in the focus of the technology considered: This compass aims at bringing all interested parties to the table. Co-author is Dr. Georg F.L. Wießmeier, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Sibelco Group, Belgium, and presidium member of the German Chemical Society. The two-page portraits have been written by authors of the corresponding organizations. Holger Bengs, Herausgeber und Autor, studierte Chemie und Betriebswirtschaft. Er arbeitete einige Jahre in der chemisch-pharmazeutischen Industrie bevor er seine eigene Unternehmensberatung, BCNP Consultants, mit Sitz in Frankfurt am Main startete. Auf der Basis seiner Ausbildung zum Polymerchemiker erhielt er die Verantwortung als Projektleiter für die Produktion neuer Stärkemoleküle mit Enzymen und das Auffinden neuer Anwendungen für diese gut definierten Biopolymere. Er lernte schnell, dass ein Projektleiter neben seinem eigenen Wissen auch die Erfahrung von Experten verschiedener Disziplinen benötigt, etwa in der Genetik, Fermentation, Mikrobiologie, Marketing und Wirtschaft. Wissenschaftliche Interdisziplinarität und Interdisziplinarität, die darüber hinaus geht sind Schlüsselfaktoren, um neue Produkte
2nd Compass to Europe's Innovative Chemical Companies
08 Profiles of Innovative Chemical Companies FourGene
Name: 4 GENE Address: Liesel-Beckmann-Str. 1 Postal Code/City: 85354 Freising Country: Germany Phone: +49 (0) 8161 71 2982 Fax: +49 (0) 8161 71 2950 Email: email@example.com Website: www.4gene.de Founded: Spring 2017 No. of Employees: 5 Contact Person: Heimo Adamski COMPANY PROFILE
4GENE is one of the leading innovators in the world of glycosylated aroma precursors. Our scientists are driven by pushing boundaries and developing the best quality and broadest portfolio of aroma precursors available. Our purpose is simple: We are the flavor-on-demand enabling innovators. We stimulate the senses and positively influence the everyday consumer experience with the integration of our products into consumer goods.
4GENE is currently a funded project at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and is a part of the EXIST Technology Transfer Program of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The 4GENE team has been working on its products for an impressive three years. We are aiming to spin-off from the university in spring of 2017 and start the operation as an independent small sized enterprise. More importantly, with offices and laboratories in Freising and Stuttgart, we still embrace a tight relationship in research and development with the professorship for biotechnology of natural products at TUM.
In 2015 4GENE was the Winner of the 1st ACHEMA Start-Up Competition. Start-Up s were awarded in three Categories. 4GENE was recognized and awarded a prize, 1st place in the category: "Industrial Biotechnology"
4GENE has identified its target business segments within the cosmetics and industrial solution markets. 4GENE produces aroma glycosides up to 1t per aroma precursor per year for their business partners and their consumer applications. 4GENE is licensing its production technology for larger scale production, meanwhile providing "research on demand" services for special requests of our business partners.
4GENE is the owner of a technology that allows the identification and application of biocatalysts in the biotechnological production of aroma glycosides. It is offered at costs which allows the initial and primary application of aroma glycosides in consumer goods.
The 4GENE platform technology enables us to collaborate with customers of all sizes within the identified segments. Our business segments have different legal requirements when adding the aroma precursors to consumer applications. We have addressed this with our corporate structure and are able to address the requirements according to the needs of the consumer and specific application. Working with our business partners among various levels from research to application creation and large scale product production, 4GENE is the ideal partner for companies in the cosmetics and industrial application market. We work hard to make our unprecedented technology and our products part of many consumer goods.
Aroma and flavor molecules are rapidly lost upon storage and application due to their chemical instability and volatility. In order to counteract the unintentional loss of flavor and fragrance the molecules are glycosylated. As a unique and superior technique we will directly open plenty of applications, and this will yield new market opportunities. Even nature transforms and stores volatile compounds as stable and non-volatile A