Sabinsa Secures Patent Surrounding Solvent Free Supercritical Extraction Process for Policosanol

PISCATAWAY, N.J., June 25, 2007 - Sabinsa Corporation today announced that it was granted U.S. patent #7,217,546 titled "Commercially viable process for high purity of fatty alcohol C24 to C36 and its cosmetic application for skin, hair and nails." The patent covers the process for producing commercial quantities of policosanol containing 70 to 95 percent C28 fatty alcohol (Octacosanol) along with other lower chain length fatty alcohols for use in cosmeceutical applications designed to control sebum, inhibit the growth of microbes and promote softening and soothing of the skin. A solvent free supercritical carbon dioxide extraction process is used in conjunction with an immobilized enzyme to remove the active alcohols from raw material including sugarcane wax, beeswax and rice bran.

"This solvent free extraction process has low environmental impact and complies with increasingly stringent global regulatory standards. As with all Sabinsa ingredients, policosanol CG is produced in accordance with strict good manufacturing practice standards," noted Todd Norton, president, Sabinsa Corporation. "Policosanol CG will be distributed by Degussa Goldschmidt Personal Care along with several of our other quality cosmeceutical ingredients including Arjunolic Extract, Galanga Extract and Turmeric SCFE."

Policosanol can be used as a stand-alone ingredient or in combination with other actives such as antibacterials, blemish erasers, sunscreens or sunscreen boosters in skin care formulations beneficial for the management of acne. Suggested levels of use are 1 percent to 5 percent by weight in cosmetic creams, lotions, gels, hair care, lip care and nail care products. Additionally, the moisturizing and skin smoothing benefits of policosanol suggest its potential use as a substitute for lanolin and other animal fats. The safety and efficacy of policosanol were validated by Sabinsa using in vitro and clinical studies. No animal testing was employed.

Sabinsa Corporation, founded in 1988, is a manufacturer and supplier of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals. Sabinsa's mission is to provide alternative and complementary natural products for human nutrition and well-being. Over the past nine years, Sabinsa has brought to market more than 50 standardized botanical extracts and privately funded several clinical studies in conjunction with prestigious institutions in support of these products. With more than 100 scientists working full time conducting ongoing research both in India and the United States, Sabinsa continues to develop and patent phytonutrients for the world market. All products intended for human consumption are certified Kosher. For more information visit For more information on Sabinsa ingredients available from Degussa Goldschmidt Personal Care, please contact Betty Santonnat at + 33-6-75-06-34-42 or [email protected].

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