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BASF to Enter Medical Foods Market in the U.S. with DIEM Labs

BASF will use its scientific expertise and state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities to provide a first-to-the-market medical food product to patients with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

 BASF Corporation (No. 25 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) and  DIEM Labs, LLC. have entered into a distribution agreement to commercialize BASF's first U.S. medical food product for the dietary management of patients with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).


As part of this agreement, BASF will use its scientific expertise and state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities to provide a first-to-the-market medical food product to patients with NAFLD. DIEM Labs will market the product to health care professionals in the U.S. and sell it through an online hub. The product will be available to U.S. patients, who are under the supervision of a physician for NAFLD management.

Rising NAFLD rates present a looming large-scale health challenge in America

NAFLD is defined as fat accumulated in the liver, representing more than 5 percent of its weight. This condition has an estimated prevalence of 20 to 30 percent in the western population, and is closely linked to obesity and metabolic syndrome. Diagnosis often starts with abnormal liver function test results or detection of hepatic steatosis during incidental imaging. If the condition is not managed, it can progress to more severe liver damage such as fibrosis and cirrhosis. By managing the condition at an early stage, called "simple steatosis," the disease can be controlled. Currently, there is no dedicated product available on the market specifically targeting patients with NAFLD, and patients are left with no solution to improve their condition other than undergo extensive lifestyle changes.

BASF acknowledged the significant unmet need and developed a new medical food product for the dietary management of patients with NAFLD. A product-specific human intervention trial including more than 170 patients has been conducted by BASF to show that the product is effective and safe in the dietary management of patients with NAFLD. The to-be-launched product will therefore add to the current standard of care for NAFLD. It is anticipated that it will be commercially available throughout the U.S. in the first half of 2018.

Growing relevance of the space between human nutrition and pharma

Specially formulated foods are increasingly used as part of the overall management regimen for certain diseases or associated conditions and play a vital role in supporting a patient's nutrient requirements.

"With this step, BASF is entering an attractive new market segment in the space between human nutrition and pharma," said François Scheffler, head of BASF's Global Human Nutrition and Pharma Solutions Businesses. "This further supports our mission to enable people to live a healthy and fulfilling life."

"We are delighted to work together with such a renowned company as BASF in the medical foods market," said Cai Berg, CEO of DIEM labs. "The new product will offer a solution to patients who currently have no other alternative than lifestyle modifications to turn their NAFLD around."

BASF, one of the market leaders in the human nutrition industry, offers a broad portfolio of essential nutrients under the Newtrition® brand. With extensive experience in both the nutrition and pharma industry, BASF uses its capabilities and competencies to offer new solutions for emerging health issues.

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BASF Introduces AUROOM, a Platform for the Digital Visualization of Automotive Exterior Colors

Virtual coatings including complex effects can immediately be mapped on any 3D geometry for color assessment.

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With AUROOM, BASF's Coatings division introduces a digital platform which enables OEM designers to access a database of photo-realistic virtual car colors. BASF's virtual colors capture all facets of automotive coatings including lightness flop, color flop and sparkling. By mapping these colors on car models, OEM designers can virtually paint every color proposal and gain realistic impressions of colors and effects on a complete car already in an early design phase. AUROOM will be a valuable tool for OEM designers to speed up and perfect the overall color design process as they are no longer solely dependent on physical samples that need to be painted and shipped. AUROOM provides further innovative features like real-time side by side comparison of different color shades of the same color group to make the right color decision easier.

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Workaround, ALBIS PLASTIC and BASF Optimize Smart Glove for Industrial Applications

ProGlove from Workaround makes scanning processes safer and more efficient.

Originally Published by BASF.

In close cooperation, Workaround GmbH, ALBIS PLASTIC GmbH and BASF have modified an important component of the smart glove ProGlove. After deep analysis, Ultramid Vision is now being used on the integrated scanning unit, allowing even simpler, quicker and safer work processes. The ProGlove is already in everyday use by leading branded manufacturers in the automotive, logistics and chemical sectors. The optimized version is now being presented to a wide specialist audience at Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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BASF Has Developed the World's First Particle Foam Based on Polyethersulfone

The foam, that is lightweight, stiff and strong, highly temperature resistant, intrinsically flame retardant, is suitable for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains.

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After two years of intensive research, BASF is now able to present prototypes of the world's first particle foam based on polyethersulfone (PESU). The foam is characterized by its unique combination of properties: high-temperature resistance, inherent flame retardancy - and its extreme light weight coupled with great stiffness and strength. It is therefore particularly well suited for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains, which require excellent mechanical properties together with the ability to withstand high operating temperatures or to meet stringent flame-retardant requirements. The expandable PESU granulate is pre-foamed into beads with low densities between 40 and 120 g/L and can be processed into molded parts with complex 3D geometries using technologies available on the market.

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BASF closes acquisition of vegetable seeds business from Bayer

It strengthens BASF's seed platform and complements the recently expanded Agricultural Solutions portfolio, which includes seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming.

Originally Published by BASF.

BASF closed the acquisition of Bayer's global vegetable seeds business, mainly operating under the brand Nunhems®. The transaction adds a well-recognized brand with a very successful business track record to BASF's portfolio. The acquired vegetable seeds business comprises 24 crops and about 2,600 varieties. It also includes well-established, strong R&D and breeding systems with over 100 unique breeding programs in more than 15 crops.

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BASF Receives NPA's Novel Ingredient and Science Award for its Portfolio of Natural Cosmetic Ingredients

NPA's Natural Standard and Certification for Personal Care Products is a set of guidelines that dictate whether a product can be deemed truly "natural", and comes to protect and educate consumers.

Originally Published by BASF.

The Natural Products Association (NPA) recognized BASF for having the largest selection of ingredients for cosmetic manufacturers who want to certify their products according to the NPA Natural Standard. The 25th Annual NPA Awards honors outstanding individuals and companies that have made valuable contributions to the success of the natural products industry.

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BASF advances capabilities in infant nutrition with launch of 2'- fucosyllactose

BASF has received EU Novel Food approval for 2'-FL and is currently supporting regulatory clearance to facilitate access to other key markets.

Originally Published by BASF.

Newtrition®, BASF's human nutrition brand, will launch 2'-fucosyllactose (2'-FL), a human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) for the infant nutrition market by early 2019. HMOs are a unique group of carbohydrates naturally found in human breast milk with 2'-FL being the most abundant.

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BASF Calls for Proposals: Inaugural Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge

The selected applicants will receive valuable insights on how BASF can support, collaborate, and partner at different stages of solution development; from ideation to prototyping, supply chain and commercialization.

Originally Published by BASF.

Newtrition®, BASF's human nutrition brand invites innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide to participate in the first-ever Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge. Co-hosted by Newtrition and BASF Venture Capital (BVC), the challenge is an opportunity for applicants to present breakthrough solutions for pressing health challenges to the jury that is composed of representatives from BVC, BASF Human Nutrition R&D, marketing and sales, as well as a panel of renowned professors at a one-day event in Singapore on October 8, 2018.

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BASF Submits Regulatory Dossiers for Two New Herbicide Active Ingredients

Global registration initiatives have started for herbicides Luximo™ and Tirexor.™

Originally Published by BASF.

BASF has started the global registration initiatives for two new herbicide active ingredients. The company submitted the regulatory dossier for Luximo™ herbicide in the European Union (EU) and in Australia and for Tirexor™ herbicide in Australia as well. These steps are important milestones in expanding BASF's global herbicide portfolio. The two compounds have demonstrated excellent performance against a broad range of difficult-to-control grasses and broadleaf weeds and are expected to help growers worldwide successfully safeguard their crops while managing the ongoing challenge of herbicide resistance.

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