BASF signs a global, exclusive
supply agreement with Caregen for synthetic peptides
to expand BASF’s dermocosmetics portfolio, offering innovative
and differentiated solutions
Hong Kong, Seoul, Korea – January 20, 2021 –
BASF has signed a global, exclusive supply agreement with Caregen, for four cosmetic peptides. With this expansion
in its portfolio, BASF plans to launch four peptides with anti-aging and anti-pigmentation
properties, for prone-atopic and prone-acneic skins, in the course of 2021.
“There is robust growth in the dermocosmetics
sector globally and especially in Asia, as more consumers desire targeted
functionality from cosmetics, in line with the personalization trend. By using
cosmetic products formulated with these peptides as active ingredients,
consumers can have a choice of products with proven efficacy,” said Jeff Huh, Head
of Marketing Personal Care Solutions at BASF Asia Pacific.
“Peptides are widely used as biological actives
in different markets. Selecting the most promising peptides from Caregen’s huge
portfolio and adapting them to the standards of the cosmetic industry has been
a great achievement of our team,” said David Hérault, Head of Global Product
Development Bio-actives at BASF Care Chemicals.
“Building on Caregen’s functional peptides with
high technical and commercial competitiveness and BASF’s expertise in solutions
and ingredients which are offered to the global cosmetics market, this
agreement has both companies well set up for a long-term cooperation. With the
ongoing functional health food and pharmaceutical product development, Caregen
aims to soon become a leading peptide platform company, recognized by global
customers,” said Dr. Chung Yong-Ji,
Caregen’s highly potent synthetic peptides will
be a complementary technology to the bioactives and other cosmetic solutions
and ingredients offered by BASF’s personal care portfolio.
About the Care Chemicals
division at BASF
The BASF division Care Chemicals
offers a broad range of ingredients for personal care, home care, industrial
& institutional cleaning, and technical applications. We are a leading
global supplier for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergent and cleaner
industry, and support our customers with innovative and sustainable products,
solutions and concepts. The division’s high-performance product portfolio
includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents,
cosmetic active ingredients and UV filters. We have production and development
sites in all regions and are expanding our presence in emerging markets.
Further information is available online.
BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success
with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117,000
employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our
customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our
portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial
Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural
Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded
on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts
(BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.
Caregen, a peptide-based
biotechnology company, has acquired more than 360 patents for peptide
substances since its establishment in 2001, and has the highest level of
capability in Korea in the field of functional peptide research and development.
It was listed on the KOSDAQ market in November 2015 and is currently exporting
to 130 countries around the world, raising the status of Korea as a
technological powerhouse. It operates the 1st and 2nd plants in Gunpo city and
the plant for mass synthesis of peptides in Hwaseong. In addition to functional
medical devices, it has been expanding its business to the fields of
peptide-based health functional foods and pharmaceuticals.