Pharmaceutical and Functional Food Formulations through Sustainable Processing Technologies
At the joint RP-BASF lab, our researchers work on several pharmaceutical projects involving tableting, granulation, extrusion, spheronisation, spray drying, tablet film coating and characterisation of micro-emulsions. The lab is equipped with a wide range of specialised equipment such as the 8-station tablet press, zetasizer, fluid bed dryer and microfluidics. Our formulation scientists also work closely with the animal health & nutrition industries, developing feed for animals and fishes.
At the food labs, our staff have been formulating healthier recipes by incorporating novel mix of functional ingredients to achieve high scoring on the health-taste index. Prototypes go through vigorous scientific tests for texture, nutritional analysis, sensory evaluation and shelf life studies.
A new Food Innovation & Analysis Lab is scheduled to be ready in the second quarter of 2021. The lab will be a great addition to boost capabilities in the formulation and development of future foods such as plant-based and alternative protein products. The lab will be equipped with facilities such as, retort, blast freezer, spray dryer, food extruder and a UHT line complete with clean fill unit. These will further enhance the range of products that can be developed in collaboration with our industry partners.
We are also looking for industrial partners to commercialise the outcome of our food research work such as a nutrient-dense, health-promoting soy cheese formulation and an antioxidant-rich natural pandan leaf extraction technology.