Reducing carcinogenic risks.

Welcome to Avertis Life Science Engineering
Imagine a world without the smell of freshly brewed coffee, toasted bread, smoked salmon, an occasional barbecue or – if you are a smoker – full-flavored tobacco. Roasting and smoke flavors are an indispensable part of our food culture. Many of these smoke and burned flavors come unfortunately with an increase in carcinogenic risks, in the form of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, nitrosamines, phenols and many other substances.

The World Health Organization's Cancer Research Agency estimates that in 2006, there were 3.2 million new cases of cancer - up a daunting 300,000 from 2.9 million of new cases per year in 2004 - and 1.7 million deaths from the disease in Europe.

Avertis focuses on the development of products and processes to reduce the risks associated with smoke flavors in food and tobacco. Toxicological aspects stand at the forefront of our product development.

Our approach is to eliminate carcinogenic risks where possible and to reduce harm where risks cannot be fully eliminated.

We hold a comprehensive portfolio of national and international patents on processes and technologies in the field of flavor extraction technology, phyto-compounds extraction technology, inhalation technology and drug delivery.

Our solutions yield a substantial decrease in toxic and carcinogenic substances from the modifications of ingredients used in food and tobacco products. As an example, we have devised a process that results in an almost complete elimination of benzo(a)pyrene, one of the most potent carcinogenic hydrocarbons in smoke flavors.
Extraction Technology

Avertis is an expert in the extraction and purification of high-value naturally derived compounds and ingredients for use in food and tobacco replacement products. Avertis produces these high-value natural substances by uniquely combining proprietary extraction technology, and knowledge and experience in the critical downstream processing areas of purification and isolation.

Our new process for the production of smoke condensates and smoke aromas lowers the content of carcinogens significantly. The process yields values of carcinogenic and toxic substances far below the values of commercially available smoke condensates.