Fine chemicals company DIC is a Japanese chemical company manufacturing inks, pigments, polymers, and other substances. The corporation has collaborated with Debut Biotech which a startup based in San-Diego. The collaboration is intended to explore the novel techniques of manufacturing food colors.
The technology focused on is a cell-free biomanufacturing system which is expected to facilitate the biosynthesis of colorants. The novel platform attributes unique proposition in achieving colors that are not easily found or inaccessible via natural means. The very first color extraction methods involved plants or flowers. Later as the need for mass-production increased, petrochemical-derived artificial or synthetic colors replaced the natural one’s. However, the return of natural colors is expedited by manufacturers using plants or unicellular microorganisms that produce pigments. These prevail with specific limitations such as color extraction from plants is not a sustainable process. Microbially derived colors cannot fulfill the needs of food industry.
The company’s multi-million-dollar partnership with DIC will allow the two to leverage the superior biomanufacturing technologies. This will enable the production of natural color ingredients across a wide range of industries right from food sector to the cosmetic industry, and heath industry.