Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSX - BU) announced that the company has entered into a license agreement with Archer Daniels Midland Company ("ADM") for the worldwide production, distribution and sale of Burcon's CLARISOY(R) soy protein. CLARISOY is a unique soy protein product that is 100 percent soluble, transparent and very low in viscosity in low pH (acidic) beverages. Use of CLARISOY allows for the production of transparent, protein fortified beverages such as juices, soft drinks and sport drinks in the low pH range.
The license agreement gives ADM exclusive rights across all geographic regions and all potential product applications to produce, market and sell CLARISOY soy protein.
"We are excited to bring CLARISOY to market," said Bruce T. Bennett, general manager of Protein Specialties for ADM. "CLARISOY's potential in the global protein ingredient industry will be well served through our license agreement with Burcon. The versatility of CLARISOY complements our current product portfolio and increases application opportunities for our customers."
"Burcon is thrilled to work with ADM in commercializing CLARISOY. ADM's demonstrated excellence in the production and sale of food ingredients makes the company the ideal partner to commercialize CLARISOY soy protein," commented Johann F. Tergesen, president and COO of Burcon.
ADM will make royalty payments to Burcon on the sales of CLARISOY under the twenty-year license agreement. The maintenance of the CLARISOY soy protein patent portfolio during the term of the license agreement will be the responsibility of Burcon.
This announcement marks a watershed development for Burcon as the commercialization of CLARISOY provides Burcon with its first earnings stream.
About CLARISOY(R) CLARISOY(R) soy protein is 100 percent soluble and completely transparent in low pH ("acidic") solutions. CLARISOY is also heat stable, allowing thermal processing such as hot fill without any loss of clarity or notable change in viscosity. In addition to its use in ready-to-drink beverages, CLARISOY may also be used to fortify powdered beverages. CLARISOY may also be used in a variety of food applications beyond beverages as a result of its superior flavor profile.
About Burcon NutraScience Burcon is a leader in nutrition, health and wellness in the field of functional, renewable plant proteins. Since 1999, Burcon has developed a portfolio of composition, application, and process patents originating from our core protein extraction and purification technology. We are developing Puratein(R) and Supertein™ canola protein isolates with unique functional and nutritional attributes, and CLARISOY(R), a revolutionary soy protein which is 100% soluble and completely transparent in acidic solutions. Our team of highly specialized scientists and engineers work from our own research facility to develop and optimize environmentally sound technologies. To-date, our patent portfolio consists of 151 issued patents in various countries, including 25 issued U.S. patents, and in excess of 250 additional pending patent applications, 65 of which are U.S. patent applications.