Symrise is collaborating with Belgian biotechnology company ChemCom to research human olfactory receptors.
The partnership aims to develop and identify aromatic substances that can neutralize unpleasant odors. Symrise already possesses a broad range of raw materials encompassing potentially suitable candidates, while ChemCom is supplying the technical possibilities to search through Symrise’s database for substances that block olfactory receptors.
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Over the years, Symrise has researched and collaborated with Hans Hatt, Ph.D., of Rurh University Bochum, discovering that odors can be “switched off” using certain aromatic substances. The company has used this principle of odor modulation in its Neofresh technology platform, including developing a fragrance that targets and blocks the molecule trimethylamine, which gives off an unpleasant fishy smell.
“The cooperation with ChemCom will help us expand our Neofresh range with specific blockers that efficiently combat bad odors,” said Marco Singer, Ph.D., head of fragrance performance at Symrise. “This is a unique approach, and can be combined with our fragrances with outstanding results. We look forward to bringing this new technology to the market and providing consumers with such effective odor-stopping products.”
“We are excited about working with a leading company like Symrise,” added Christian Van Osselaer, managing director of ChemCom. “This cooperation brings us closer to consumers, and is an opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of blockers in comparison with traditional products. Together, Symrise and ChemCom are in a position to reshape an entire category of products used by consumers worldwide.”