Naturex explores eco-friendly extraction processes

Collaborates with the University of Avignon to create joint research laboratory

Plant based ingredients supplier Naturex and the University of Avignon have partnered to create a new joint research laboratory for exploring eco-friendly extraction processes. Naturex says the new unit, known as ORTESA (the French acronym for optimisation and research on extraction technologies and alternative solvents), is aimed at developing better understanding of the principles of eco-friendly extraction.

The process of eco-friendly extraction incorporates sustainability in all the steps that are critical for extraction: solvent choice, utilisation of by products, reduction of unitary operations and limitation of chemical alteration of botanical actives.

The joint research laboratory will be co-headed by Antoine Bily, Naturex's R&D director, and Professor Farid Chemat, who is in charge of the GREEN research laboratory at the University of Avignon, an academic laboratory that investigates innovative technologies for botanical extraction. France's National Research Agency has granted funding for the creation of the ORTESA laboratory under the LabCom programme; it will receive €300,000 to fund laboratory operations over the next three years.

Naturex expects the laboratory to be fully operational by October 2013.