Healthy and tasty ingredients

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Anti-oxidants, vitamins, flavour and fragrances can be produced and enhanced naturally using single enzymes or mirobial cell factories, developed by acib. Let’s find out how!


Biotechnology has been used for thousands of years to create delicious and popular active compounds such as found in wine, beer, bread or sauerkraut. The latter is an important source of Vitamin C and was used in the prevention of scurvy. Unfortunately, Vitamin C is easily degraded through high temperature, molecular oxygen or UV-radiation. Luckily, acib was able to change that and much more by its biotechnological breakthroughs …


Through enzymatic glycosylation acib has transformed Vitamin C into the highly stable L-Ascorbic Acid 2-Glucoside. The added glycosyl- group protects Vit-C in cosmetics or food until it is finally removed by a natural human enzyme. However, the addition of a natural glycosyl-group can not only stabilize compounds, but also increase water solubility. In case of resveratrol, the solubility (and thus bioavailability) was increa- sed 1700-fold. By the introduction of functional groups to antioxidants such as resveratrol it is also possible to increase the antioxidant capacity several fold.

acib has also developed biocatalytic processes for the production of vitamins (e.g. natural Vitamin E) and antioxidants such as 3-Hydroxytyrosol from olive oil or nothofagin from Rooibos tea. Using similar enzymatic processes acib can also produce several important flavour & fragrance compounds e.g. Piperonal/Heliotropin, Lilial or (iso)borneol. For some other flavour/fragrance compounds acib has developed a whole-cell biotransformation using microbial cell factories to produce from simple sugars fragrant and tasty compounds such as the terpenoids nootkatone from grapefruits or ambrein from sperm whales.


Under protection of a CDA/NDA we provide you with professional strategies for targeted analysis of metabolites from various hosts. IP developed in such a project would fully belong to our investor/industrial partner.


Prof. Dr. Bernd Nidetzky, Prof. Dr. Robert Kourist, Prof. Dr. Harald Pichler, Dr. Margit Winkler

Available for:

Joint Research Project, Contract Research

Development status:

Technology Readiness Level 3-5 (Technology validated in lab)


Can be generated for our industrial partners / investors


Biotechnology, Biocatalysis, Whole-Cell Biotransformation, Food Vitamins, Anti-oxidants, Flavor & Fragrance

Dr. Martin U. Trinker
Director Business Development & Fundraising
Krenngasse 37
8010 Graz
+43 316 873 9316