4/2/2012, Düsseldorf / Germany
Henkel and 4SC Discovery start research collaboration
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Innovative ingredients for future laundry detergents
“Accelerating the development of sustainable innovations that appeal to consumers and ensuring superior quality for our products throughout the world are key factors for Henkel's success," says Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Head of Global Research and Development in Henkel's Laundry and Home Care business sector. "Compound screening with our partner 4SC Discovery also lets us subject a much higher volume of substances to testing during the early stages of product development than has previously been possible."
Dr. Daniel Vitt, Managing Director of 4SC Discovery GmbH and Chief Scientific Officer at 4SC AG, comments: “We have successfully deployed our computerised screening process for drug discovery and compound research optimization in the pharmaceutical area for many years now. This partnership with Henkel offers large new opportunities, as it is the first time our procedure will be used to drive the rapid and efficient development of new detergent compounds.”
In the long term, the research collaboration aims for achieving more with less. This idea is at the core of Henkel’s Sustainability Strategy: Creating more value for our customers, consumers, communities and the company alike, while simultaneously reducing the environmental footprint. This demands innovative products and technologies which combine excellent performance with responsibility toward people and the environment.
4SC Discovery GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 4SC AG, offers technologies and tailored research services covering drug discovery and chemical optimization through to a preclinical development candidate. The company focuses its services on offering customers in the pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical industries the cost and time-to-market benefits that result from a drug discovery and optimization process based on a powerful, computer aided, screening and discovery platform. The Group managed by 4SC AG currently has 96 employees. 4SC AG has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since December 2005.
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA