Firmenich opens new biotech and naturals pilot plant in Geneva

Published: 30-Sep-2020

Firmenich, the world’s largest privately owned perfume and taste company, is proud to announce the opening of its new biotechnology and naturals pilot plant and laboratory in Geneva

Benefiting from the latest digital technology, the facility opens a new era for the development of ingredients and clean label solutions by providing faster speed-to-market and greater flexibility for customer collaboration.

Integrated into the Group’s flagship ingredients production site at La Plaine, Geneva, the facility operates to the highest safety and environmental standards, reducing waste and energy consumption.

“With our new biotechnology pilot plant closely connected with the ingredients production site, Firmenich provides integrated biotech development all the way down to the finished product, without any gaps,” said Genevieve Berger, Chief Research Officer, Firmenich.

“Opening a new era in ingredients creation, our pilot plant and laboratory harnesses new technologies to improve clean label solutions, whereas the latest digital innovation maximises efficiency.”

“Our new pilot plant provides greater flexibility to respond to customer needs in product development,” said Sarah Reisinger, Senior Vice President Research Operations, Firmenich.

“Capable of handling multiple projects simultaneously, it also enables small scale production of trial batches for formulation or testing and regulatory validation.”

Operational this month, the pilot plant at La Plaine is a cornerstone for new ingredients for both perfumery and flavours, enabling the development of the most efficient and high-quality production processes through biotechnology or natural extraction.

Harnessing digital technology for increased automation, the pilot plant is able to move from single to continuous batch process, increasing efficiency, speed and reducing the use of raw materials.

In keeping with Firmenich’s recognised track record in sustainability, the new pilot plant benefits from efficient bioreactors, which minimises both the amount of waste produced and energy consumed.

Upcycling an existing building at the Firmenich site in La Plaine, the new facility benefits from full synergies with the ingredients production plant. State-of-the-art safety and environmental features were also designed into the new pilot plant and laboratory.

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