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Botaneco opens New Jersey lab

Canadian personal care ingredient maker targets U.S. for growth

by Marc S. Reisch
August 11, 2017

Credit: Botaneco
Botaneco’s new technical services lab in Lambertville, N.J.

Botaneco, a Calgary, Alberta-based maker of personal care ingredients, has opened a technical service lab in Lambertville, N.J., to develop a U.S. customer base for its safflower-derived oleosomes.

Oleosomes are micron-sized, oil-containing spheres found in oil-bearing plant seeds such as safflower, sunflower, and rapeseed. In addition to skin moisturizing properties, they have emulsification and active ingredient delivery applications, Botaneco says. The new lab, in a refurbished 19th century paper mill, will allow customers to test them out.

The separation of intact oleosomes from plant seeds is based on work originally done at the University of Calgary, explains James Szarko, Botaneco’s CEO. In 1994, the university licensed the technology to SemBiosys Genetics, which focused on developing pharmaceuticals from genetically engineered safflower plants.

In 2012, SemBiosys sold the oleosome separation technology to a group of private investors, including Szarko. Today, Botaneco holds 36 patents on its oleosome technology, and five more are pending, Szarko says. The company claims to be the only supplier of oleosomes.

Oleosomes are destroyed in the crushing, heating, and solvent extraction techniques typically used to remove oil from oilseeds, explains Vince Gruber, Botaneco’s chief innovation officer. Botaneco, in contrast, grinds non-genetically-modified seeds in water at room temperature and uses a centrifuge to concentrate the intact oleosomes in what looks like a watery cream, he says.

Because the oleosomes are surrounded by a phospholipid membrane, they have hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties suitable for emulsifying cosmetic ingredients, Gruber says. In addition, oil-soluble active ingredients can be loaded into the oleosomes, he notes.

Botaneco sees an opportunity to load oleosomes with ultraviolet-light-blocking ingredients for the sun protection market. It claims to be able to achieve high sun protection factor (SPF) ratings while reducing oil-soluble UV absorber levels by up to 80%.



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geoffrey brooks (August 11, 2017 7:24 PM)
This is a fantastic technology - one can use naturally encapsulated oils in a completely different way in cosmetics. Nature has spent 100,000,000's of years perfecting this energy storage system. These work completely differently on the skin in that they form a protective moisturizing film which helps skin hydration and feels fantastic to the touch, not greasy and not oily.

In zthe cae of sunscreen actives they maximize their potential tail to protect by keeping them on the skin's surface where. They prevent harmful Uv rays from damaging Del icate living skin tissues.

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