BASF invests in start-up 3Helix Inc. to jointly bring collagen-hybridising peptide solutions to the personal care market

Published: 2-Nov-2023

BASF and 3Helix a U.S.-based technology start-up, announce their innovation partnership on 3Helix’s proprietary CHP technology. The partnership involves an equity investment and licensing agreement, granting BASF exclusive rights to commercialise CHP solutions for the personal care field

  • Innovation partnership builds on 3Helix’s breakthrough developments in collagen-hybridising peptide (CHP) technology.
  • BASF to exclusively commercialise 3Helix’s technology to introduce CHP innovation to the personal care market.
  • BASF will join 3Helix Board of Directors.
  • Advancing BASF Care Chemicals’ Care 360° – Solutions for Sustainable Life

3Helix's patented CHP technology is based on short, single-stranded collagen-like peptides that have the unique ability to bind to damaged and denatured collagen, enabling extraordinary anti-aging claims.

The partnership comes after successful research and development work by 3Helix, which has seen their CHP technology quickly progress from laboratory scale to pilot stage. Recognising the immense potential of this technology, BASF plans to bring it in-house and aims to launch initial CHP solutions in 2025.

Since its establishment in 2015, 3Helix has focused on developing an innovative technology platform to target damaged collagen for various applications, including personal care.

“It has been an exciting journey to bring our technology to this point where we can partner with BASF,” states Mike Kirkness, CEO of 3Helix Inc. “We look forward to the intense collaboration in the coming years and welcome BASF to the 3Helix Board of Directors.”

“With this partnership, BASF continues to demonstrate our investment in open innovation and expand our innovative offerings to our customers,” said Dr. Marina Safont Sempere, Director of New Business Models & Digital Officer, Care Chemicals at BASF. “3Helix’s results from laboratory trials are very encouraging and show the potential of this new innovation for the personal care market.”

The partnership between BASF and 3Helix is a further example of how BASF’s Care Chemicals Division is addressing future challenges. Sustainability, digitalisation, innovation, and new approaches to working together are the key cornerstones of Care 360° – Solutions for Sustainable Life.  

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