DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products announces winner of zemea innovation award


DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company LLC today announces the winner of the second annual Zemea® Innovation Award program.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company LLC today announces the winner of the second annual Zemea Innovation Award program. Schülke & Mayr GmbH was selected as the winner for its sensiva PA 40 antimicrobial stabiliser used in skin care products.

sensiva PA 40 is the most recent evolution of the sensiva line of multifunctional additives. It combines a nature-identical fragrance ingredient with the boosting of naturally derived Zemea propanediol and adds a gentle synthetic for additional skin care properties and better antimicrobial efficacy. This combination allows sensiva PA 40 to be used at levels similar to more traditional preservative blends, while remaining gentle to the skin. Like other products in the sensiva product line, sensiva PA 40 has been proven to inhibit the growth and multiplication of odor-causing bacteria. This multifunctional product can be used in leave-on, wet-wipe and sensitive skin applications at a use level of 0.5-1.5 percent to help maintain the microbiological stability of nature-inspired cosmetics.

Zemea propanediol is a natural, 100 percent bio-based ingredient made from fermentation of corn glucose and developed for use in the cosmetics and personal care market. It is a high-performance, environmentally sustainable alternative to petroleum-based glycols and glycerin, where the product’s antimicrobial properties, lack of skin irritation, improved moisturisation and excellent sensory properties are benefits. Zemea is approved as a natural ingredient by Ecocert and the Natural Products Association; is certified 100 percent bio-based by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has both Kosher and Halal certifications.

The Zemea Innovation Award program is designed to recognize companies who have commercialised innovative cosmetics and personal care ingredients or finished products that contain Zemea propanediol. A panel of judges including Tom Branna, vice president and editorial director of HAPPI magazine; Steve Herman, chairman of the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists, president of Diffusion LLC and professor of cosmetic science at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and Steve Hurff, vice president of Marketing & Sales, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, reviewed and evaluated nominations from around the globe.

"I was very impressed with the level of sophistication from so many entries, as well as the diversity of the entries. Zemea enhanced a wide range of products from preservatives to skin creams to even an ingredient derived from an oil recovery formula," commented Branna.

“It is a pleasure to see the continued application of Zemea for various purposes - as a natural alternative for solvent and carrier use, as a component of green chemistry informed new raw materials and as an enhancer of antimicrobial products,” remarked Herman. “Zemea clearly fills an important need as the industry continues to explore more sustainable solutions for our consumers.”

"It is exciting to witness the growing range of new commercialised products from around the world selecting Zemea propanediol to deliver differentiated performance. This innovative new product, sensiva PA 40, provides performance that rivals traditional preservative blends by capitalising on the preservative boosting effects of Zemea and gentleness to the skin. We are excited about the success of sensiva PA 40 and congratulate Schülke & Mayr GmbH on their Innovation Award,” said Hurff.

Schülke & Mayr GmbH, headquartered in Norderstedt, Germany, is an international leader in the areas of hygiene and prevention of infection, and also in Microbiological Quality Management (MQM) and chemical technical preservation. For more information visit

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