DIC: Suizenji Nori Blue-Green Algae Key New Indoor Cultivation Technology Unlocks Stable and Scalable Algae Culture to Provide the SACRANTM Moisture-Retaining Effect for More Ethical and Healthier Cosmetic and Skincare Products durable


DIC Company and biotech start-up Green Science Materials, Inc. (GSM) are expanding their collaboration on blue-green algae Suizenji Nori and polysaccharide extract SACRANTM, developing the indoor mass culture technology Suizenji Nori needed to provide the stable production of SACRANTM required globally. This vital advance in seaweed technology offers cosmetics manufacturers the opportunity to ethically improve the sustainability of skincare products to meet growing consumer demand for ethical and sustainable products.

DIC Health Care Business Unit Manager, Ph.D. Naoto Sakurai notes, “Our collaboration combines basic GSM research with DIC Spirulina’s mass production experience to develop successful Suizenji Nori mass culture technology. We expect Suizenji Nori to secrete SACRAN more efficiently in the ideal growing environment, allowing us to ensure the significant production levels needed to have a meaningful impact on the sustainability of consumer products.

In the face of global challenges, many consumers are increasingly environmentally conscious, increasingly demanding more ethical and sustainable skincare and cosmetic products.

Naoto Sakurai says, “In the future, we will be able to supply SACRAN-based materials for the cosmetics industry all over the world. And as we continue to improve efficiency, further reduce production costs, and expand the cultivation of Suizenji Nori to over tens of tons, we will expand into applications beyond cosmetics, such as textiles, medical products and supplements.

DIC Managing Director and New Business Development Headquarters Managing Director Kiyofumi Takano note: “By increasing our collaborations and investments in cutting-edge biotech startups, DIC is making rapid progress in our efforts to secure sustainable prosperity globally. We hope that the new materials we are developing using our advanced knowledge and technology in algal cultivation will soon be used for various applications beyond traditionally synthetic compounds.

Since biodiversity protection is a major initiative of DIC, DIC and GSM will use their cultivation technology and research on Suizenji Nori to promote the conservation of the Kogane River (Asakura City, Fukuoka Prefecture), the only natural environment of the Suizenji Nori habitat. Additionally, GSM will actively promote outdoor seaweed expansion initiatives in the nearby town of Mashiki using our achievement.

About DIC:

DIC Corporation is one of the world’s leading fine chemical companies and the core of the DIC Group, a multinational organization comprising more than 190 companies worldwide, including Sun Chemical Corporation, in more than 60 countries and territories. The DIC Group is recognized as a world leader in markets for a variety of products essential to modern lifestyles, including packaging materials, display materials such as those used in television screens and computer, and high-performance materials for smartphones and other digital devices, as well as for automobiles. Through these products, the Group strives to provide safety and peace of mind, color and comfort, to everyone. The DIC Group also seeks to contribute to a sustainable society by developing innovative products that respond to social changes and help meet social imperatives. With consolidated annual net sales exceeding 800 billion yen and more than 22,000 employees worldwide, we are committed to continuing to work closely with our customers wherever they are. Please visit our website for more details: https://www.dic-global.com/


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