Next Generation, Non-GMO Natural Preservatives Developed By Conagen

Next Generation, Non-GMO Natural Preservatives Developed By Conagen

BEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Conagen, an innovative biotechnology company announced today that it had a major breakthrough in developing next-generation natural preservatives through patent-pending technology. This ready-to-go technology will help potential partners with successful commercialization in 2019.

Preservatives are substances added to foods to inhibit the growth of mold and thus prolong the shelf life. Artificial preservatives have been used in the food industry for a long time, mostly for lack of availability of natural alternatives with the same powerful effects. Today’s consumers are looking for clean labels with simple and understandable ingredient lists, without artificial additives. Industry giants are answering this demand by promoting their plans to replace all artificial preservatives from their ingredient lists.

Conagen has developed a disruptive technology to produce a high purity compound with significant anti-microbial effects and preservative functionalities, that is stable in various pH conditions, colorless with slightly sweet taste and water soluble. This compound can be produced with patent-pending fermentation technology and will be ready for commercial scale production in 2019, with regulatory approvals on the way.

“The food and beverage industry has long been waiting for natural alternatives to artificial additives for food preservation. Our disruptive technology can answer the industry’s challenges and meet consumers’ demand for nature-based, clean ingredients,” says Oliver Yu, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Conagen.

Conagen uses natural substrates combined with wild strains found in nature for many pathways. For the past 10 years, the company has been tackling the most difficult industry challenges and successfully led more than 15 projects from concept to commercialization.

About Conagen
Conagen is a leader in bioengineering. Our scientists and engineers use the latest synthetic biology tools to design metabolic pathways, improve production organisms and optimize production procedures. We focus on bioproduction of high-value ingredients for food, nutrition, flavor and fragrance, pharmaceutical, and renewable materials industries. For more information visit our website at or send us an email to


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