Complements Company’s significant expertise in existing strain engineering and
Offers commercial partners more rapid product innovation at significantly reduced cost by removing multiple chemical steps in producing oxygenated and hydroxylated functional ingredients
Creates additional business development opportunities and enables faster path to nearer-term revenue for Willow relative to legacy strain engineering applications
Mountain View, California – April 12, 2023 – Willow Biosciences Inc.(“Willow” or the “Company“) (TSX: WLLW; OTCQB: CANSF), a leading biotechnology company focused on revolutionizing industrial manufacturing of pure, consistent and sustainable functional ingredients today announced the launch of BioOxi™, a bio-oxidation platform technology that is complementary to the Company’s existing strain engineering and precision fermentation FutureGrown™ biotechnology platform. Through the Company’s legacy expertise, Willow is now able to offer commercial partners both cost-effective production of ingredients through biosynthesis, and now through BioOxi, bioconversion-enabled chemical manufacturing of ingredients from defined intermediates with the benefit of removing multiple chemical steps and significantly reducing cost and resources.
“The launch of BioOxi is an exciting development in the history of Willow and represents the next strategic step to significantly diversify our portfolio and market opportunities with a keen focus on nearer term revenue generation,” said, Dr. Chris Savile, Willow’s President and CEO. “We see this new platform as posing a powerful, clean and cost-effective solution to our prospective partners’ chemical manufacturing challenges that is highly complementary to our existing strain engineering and precision fermentation business. Based on our prior success in utilizing BioOxi to support our partners we believe it will lead to additional commercial agreements going forward.”
Company’s Prior Proven Success and Customer Demand is the Driving Force Behind Launch of BioOxi
Willow successfully used its BioOxi platform in development programs for partners such as Kalsec® Inc. for a previously announced November 2022 Master Services Agreement to develop and commercialize a precision fermentation production process for a high volume, natural food opportunity and, more recently, Willow further leveraged the successful application of BioOxi for engagements with Sandhill One, LLC to optimize a proprietary enzyme for a targeted product for the manufacturing of the large volume active pharmaceutical ingredient, ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA).
Broadens Willow’s Addressable Market Opportunity and Creates Nearer-Term Revenue Options
By leveraging BioOxi, commercial partners can revolutionize manufacturing of oxygenated and hydroxylated functional ingredients such as steroids, polyphenols, oxyterpenes and certain other targeted ingredients produced from such methods.
The launch of BioOxi broadens Willow’s addressable total market opportunity and provides nearer-term revenue generation for BioOxi-related projects. Applications in this area take significantly less time to generate revenue as strain engineering applications and, in the Company’s belief, produce more longer-term and sometimes larger revenue streams. Both types of offerings can result in licensing or royalty revenues for Willow.
Willow will pursue BioOxi programs through both internal and external investment, through astutely planned and strategically aligned programs that the Company anticipates will expand its product portfolio and partnerships toward improved company valuation.
About Willow Biosciences Inc.
Willow develops and produces precision fermented functional ingredients for the health and wellness, food and beverage and personal care markets. Willow’s FutureGrownTM biotechnology platform allows large-scale production with sustainability at its core. Willow’s R&D team has a proven track record of developing and commercializing bio-based manufacturing processes and products to benefit our B2B partners and their customers. For more information, visit www.willowbio.com.
FutureGrown™ and BioOxi™ are registered trademarks of Willow Biosciences Inc. All other trademarks referenced in this news release are trademarks of their respective holders.
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