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Senomyx's CEO Presents At Deutsche Bank 37th Annual Healthcare Conference (Transcript)


So, hopefully that gave you a little bit of overview of what we do with the science of Senomyx. So, let me now turn to some of our programs and the processes that we use to discover new flavor ingredients. So when we begin, we started in the beginning by identifying the receptor of interest, we build an assay containing that receptor and then we do high throughput screening with our corporate library, which currently is about 800,000 different compounds and samples. Once we find something that interacts the receptor that we are targeting we will do the optimization. And leading to a candidate for selection and this is really where we have a strong IT position in terms of what we do at Senomyx.

Once we have a flavor ingredient selected for development, we start the safety assessment process with these regulatory focused activities, which in the U.S is called the GRAS or generally recognized as saved and that leads to regulatory approval, which in our hands, once you select a new flavor ingredient for development, it takes about 15 to 18 months to go through the GRAS regulatory approval process.

Once we have regulatory approval, we hand off to our partners. They do the commercial development, which includes product application work, the manufacturing scale up. And then once they are done with that they are ready to go to market and start selling the ingredients to their customers. And we’ll talk about the business model in a bit more details here in a few moments.

So, let me now turn to an overview of our various programs and I’ll start with a Sweet Taste Program, which I think most of us feel is a key to our future. Here the idea is to reduce the amount of added sugar or other sweeteners in the product like you have maintained the desired sweet taste that consumers like. This results in decreased calories, which improves the nutritional profile of the product, and also results in a potential cost savings as well. The collaborators of the Sweet Taste Program are Firmenich, a Geneva based Private Flavor Company, and then PepsiCo of course.

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