Putting the world to rights

We’re living in a wonderful yet slightly topsy-turvy world full of contradictions, where nearly a billion people are obese while two billion are undernourished. A world where a new middle class is hungry for animal (and new plant-based) proteins; where ‘healthier’ people are living longer yet need more help than ever to stay that way. And where the effects of climate change are causing record skin cancers. How can we possibly tackle all these challenges - and create science that benefits the many (not the few)? Well, here are a few examples. 

Lifetime performance

With the world’s population set to hit nine billion-plus by 2050, it’s essential that we continue to invest in sustainable protein by boosting the lifetime performance of animals. After all, healthier animals contribute to a healthier planet (by living longer and requiring less medicines) - and a healthier, more profitable agriculture industry. Here at DSM we make it happen through a family of smartly designed nutritional plans that improve animal welfare and health at every stage of life.

A healthy system

Right now, it’s more important than ever to have a healthy immune system. A healthy and balanced diet, and daily dietary supplements can play a role in safeguarding our bodies against everything from viruses and bacteria to allergens; and it’s a topic we know well at DSM as the world’s leading supplier of nutritional ingredients.

Plant-based alternative protein products

The consumer trend toward flexitarian, as well as vegetarian and vegan diets - most notably in the US and Europe - presents a high-growth opportunity. While demand for meat and dairy continues to grow, consumers are also increasingly adding plant-based options to their diets. As these become more and more mainstream, consumer and societal expectations for great-tasting, and also nutritious and healthy alternatives are becoming more sophisticated and more demanding. DSM is uniquely positioned to help food and beverage companies to craft plant-based products and recipes that really satisfy, with solutions for great taste and flavor, appealing texture and appearance, and that help meet nutritional needs. Helping support diversified, sustainable, and healthy diets for a growing global population. 

Calorie-free sweetness, inspired by nature

Our ingredients and innovations for processed and packaged foods are reducing salt, sugar (and fat) in everything from soups, to dairy products to bread - with no compromise on taste or performance. Maxilact® is a lactase enzyme that not only makes dairy products lactose-free, but cuts the need for added sugar by up to 20% by retaining natural sweetness, while EVERSWEET™ is our non-artificial, zero-calorie stevia sweetener sustainably produced by fermentation.

Valuable protein from waste

CanolaPRO™ is an innovation that has transformed previously inedible rapeseed/canola into a tasty and nutritional source of protein that everyone can enjoy. Its potential was unlocked by the bright minds at DSM who developed technology to extract waste from the rapeseed oil production process and turn it into a viable food product that could nourish millions in the future. It’s now used in a wide range of food like shakes and protein bars for sports nutrition, weight-management products, food for the elderly and specialist foods like non-gluten and vegetarian. Healthy food that’s good for people and kinder to the planet.

Improving patient health

Scientific research shows the beneficial impact of high-dose vitamin intake, levels above and beyond nutritional requirements on a variety of chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. DSM is the first and only company in the world that provides access to all 13 vitamins approved for use in pharmaceutical applications.

Our health shouldn't cost the earth

Producing more omega-3 fatty acids should not add further pressure on the biodiversity of wild fish stocks, which historically have been the sole source of this vital nutrient. To address this challenge, we developed life’s™OMEGA, a vegetarian alternative to fish oil, that keeps consumers healthy (SDG 3) while also helping to safeguard fragile marine ecosystems (SDG 14). Sourced from algae, this is the first product of its kind to offer both EPA and DHA in a vegetarian capsule.

Hidden hunger

Today, some two billion people suffer from what’s known as ‘hidden hunger’ - malnutrition. Which is why at DSM we’re using our position as the world’s largest provider of vitamins and micronutrients to help supplement the diets of tens of millions of people. Our micronutrient sachets of powdered combinations of vitamins and minerals supplement basic food rations for ten's of millions of people annually through our partnership with the UN World Food Programme. Why is this so important? Well-nourished children are 33% more likely to escape the vicious cycle of poverty when they grow up.

Animal Nutrition & Health

Our solutions for animal health are making our world safer. For example, DSM eubiotics boost animal health without the need for antibiotics, helping to create high-quality, safe, nutrient-dense protein. Vevovitall® improves gut health in farm animals like pigs, making them healthier and stronger (again, without the need for antibiotics). And we’re also improving the performance of dairy and breeding animals for longer, for our example through our RONOZYME® ProAct product.

That really cares

At DSM we don’t just look after health on the inside. Our skin care solutions help keep ageing at bay while safeguarding against the rising threat of skin cancers. Alpafor® is a bioactive ingredient derived from the Edelweiss flowers found high in the Alps. It not only keeps people looking and feeling good, it’s also better for our planet thanks to its naturally sourced ingredients. Meanwhile, our family of UV filters - the broadest in the industry - help create sunscreen that’s easy and pleasant to use while going beyond traditional skin protection by tackling the ‘blue light spectrum’.

Bio-based design

Our biomedical materials for medical devices benefit some 10 million people every year. Thanks to their unique bio-based design these materials function and interact with the body safely for longer in everything from super-strong sutures to joint replacements, to artificial hearts. They help create coatings that make instruments easier to implant; and enable unique drug delivery systems that get medicine to patients in controlled dosages - for example in the human eye. Small biodegradable polymer fiber loaded with medicine is injected into the eyeball and slowly releases the medication until the fiber degrades and is absorbed. All in all, a huge boost to patient comfort and safety.

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