“In addition, we are very pleased to announce today that Senomyx has advanced S9632, a new sucrose enhancer, into the development phase,” Snyder said. “The development phase includes safety studies and other activities intended to support regulatory filings in the U.S. and elsewhere. Taste tests have demonstrated that S9632 can enable reduction of up to 50% of the sugar in product prototypes without compromising taste. S9632 also possesses advantageous physical properties that are beneficial for a broad range of beverages and foods, and its expected utilization should be very complementary to S6973.”
Senomyx continues to be diligent in seeking protection for its intellectual property. As of June 30, 2011, the Company is the owner or exclusive licensee of 251 issued patents and several hundred pending patent applications related to proprietary taste receptor technologies in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere. Technologies covered in the Company’s patents include taste receptor sequences and functions, screening assays, new flavor ingredients, and product applications.
Commercialization Updates: Nestlé SA, the world’s largest food and beverage company, has been conducting marketing activities with products that incorporate Senomyx’s Savory Flavors, which are intended to reduce or replace added monosodium glutamate (MSG) in foods. Nestlé is currently marketing both new and reformulated established products that contain these ingredients. Ongoing commercialization activities include launches of new and reformulated products that incorporate Senomyx’s Savory Flavors in countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Nestlé expanded its marketing efforts into additional countries in these regions during the past quarter.
As announced previously, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provided a “favorable opinion” for Senomyx’s S336 and S807 Savory Flavors, which means that no further evaluation is required. Final regulatory approval and commercialization in the European Union is contingent upon the ingredients being included in the EFSA Union List of Flavouring Substances. Senomyx’s regulatory advisors are confident that both S336 and S807 are included on the Union List; however, timing for the publication of the Union List remains uncertain. Approval to use Senomyx’s Savory Flavors in Europe could create a new market opportunity for Nestlé.