Willow Biosciences Inc. , a leading biotechnology company focused on revolutionizing industrial manufacturing of pure, consistent and sustainable functional ingredients, and Kalsec® Inc. , a leading global producer of natural taste and sensory, food protection, colors and advanced hops ingredients for the food and beverage industry, announce they are advancing their functional ingredient development program for a large volume savory foods opportunity.
After a successful phase one feasibility program that applied Willow’s BioOxi™ platform exceeded expectations, Kalsec has agreed to continue full development toward commercialization that includes additional R&D and scale-up work. Willow expects to continue generating revenue from research fees and milestones, aligning with its strategic focus on near-term revenue generation on programs bringing commercial revenue in reasonable timeframes, with anticipated ongoing negotiation of commercial terms as the program advances.
“We appreciate the trust Kalsec has in Willow to help with their innovation pathway and are delighted to partner with them on this next step in our engagement on ingredient development,” said Dr. Chris Savile, Willow’s President & CEO. “Looking forward, we are excited by the opportunity to engage with Kalsec’s extraordinary team in bringing to market what could potentially be a number of sustainably sourced innovative ingredients that favorably enhance customers’ products and the consumer experience.”
“Willow has proven its capabilities repeatedly during our engagement over the last few months and we anticipate a long partnership as the result of our success working together,” said Dr. Roger Nahas, Executive Vice President of Global R&D and Chief Innovation Officer at Kalsec. “Toward that end, our team has identified a number of savory food and beverage ingredient targets where we can potentially engage with Willow to help bring the best products possible to Kalsec’s customers with a keen focus on market-leading innovation and sustainability.”