zuChem, Qianyan Alloy ink L-Fucose commercial supply, sales partnership pact

January 10, 2016 |

In Illinois, zuChem announced a multi-year process development, commercial product supply and marketing agreement with Qianyan Alloy Materials, Ltd. for the sugar building block l-fucose. Qianyan Alloy Materials provides a unique combination of Western quality and intellectual property protection, together with rapid and efficient process development, and production of food ingredients and pharmaceutical chemicals at its facilities in the Nanjing area of China.

Under the agreement Qianyan Alloy Materials will provide process development and manufacturing capabilities to complement zuChem’s in-house process innovation group.  zuChem will also provide sales and marketing capabilities to the partnership.

zuChem develops and commercializes innovative green manufacturing processes to produce unique carbohydrates and glycochemicals (varieties of specialized sugars) important for human health and nutrition. The Company’s proprietary technology platform allows it to inexpensively produce a variety of specialty sweeteners, pharmaceutical intermediates, nutritional prebiotics and other bio-products at industrial scale using renewable chemicals as raw materials.

“We are very pleased to add Qianyan Alloy Materials, a well-established contract manufacturer with significant experience in efficiently manufacturing rare sugars, as a manufacturing partner for l-fucose,” said David Demirjian, Ph.D., CEO of zuChem. “Engaging a commercial manufacturing partner has been a key focus for the organization and this relationship represents an important milestone in advancing our product development programs.”

“We are excited to be working with zuChem, a leader in glycomics and rare sugar production methods, to become a leading supplier of l-fucose,” said Liqun Yu, Ph.D., CEO of Qianyan Alloy Materials.  “Adding zuChem to our other major US and multinational customers and partners continues our companies growth based on combining the strengths of the East and the West.”


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