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Rexim Fizzes It Up
Rexim SA, a partner with Degussa in Germany, has restructured its sales organisation to better accommodate US customers. Rexim, a leading producer of amino acids for nutritional applications, will work closely with Degussa's Fine Chemicals in the US and Seltzer Chemicals, a distributor of nutritional ingredients for more than 20 years. Seltzer has been appointed Rexim's exclusive US distributor for most of its food-grade amino acids and their derivatives.

BAST and Fortitech Get Fortified
US-based Fortitech and BASF in Germany have entered into a joint venture for the manufacture, marketing and sales of human nutrition premix products. This builds on an existing North American alliance created between the two companies last year. Under this agreement, BASF will transfer its premix customers in the EU, Asia, South America and Africa to Fortitech, who will assume ownership of BASF's premix manufacturing facilities in Denmark and Malaysia. BASF will become the primary supplier of nutritional ingredients to Fortitech.

DSM Hits Milestone
In the last year, DSM filed more patent applications in the EU than any other company, according to the European Patent Office. Of the 305 patent applications filed, 154 were related to biotechnology. Now celebrating its centennial year, DSM has been named Royal DSM by the royal commissioner for Limburg, Netherlands.

Weaver Named VP
Proliant Inc. of Iowa has promoted Eric Weaver, PhD, to vice president of the health division, which is focused on the development and marketing of new bioactive ingredient technologies. Weaver joined Proliant in 1994 as a nutritionist in technical services and served as business unit manager and director of the health division.

Iowa Sweetens Research Pot
The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) has awarded $600,000 to Kemin Foods to expand research and development of products focused on women's health, diabetes and weight control. The IDED is awarding companies that focus on life sciences.

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