A Korean bio-healthcare company is looking for distributors of a collagen film in the European market. The company is interested in a distribution services agreement. As an oral mucosa adhesive, this collagen film is helpful in absorbing collagen directly into the human body without going through the digestive process. It has 92 times higher collagen absorption level than other oral product and contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin, which moisturise and elasticise.
Established in 2012, this Korean company started as a food franchise company, providing Korean traditional food and since 2017, it has operated bio-healthcare food subsidiary, dealing with health functional food including red ginseng, garlic, probiotics etc. One of its products is a collagen film which is an oral mucosa adhesive. As the main component of connective tissue, collagen is major protein that makes up 25~35% of the body including bones, tissues, joint, organ, hair and skin. By the age of 20, the body is rich in collagen, but in the 40s, it gets halved. In particular, human skin is organically connected with collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. As ageing processes, the levels of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin begin to decrease and the organic connections of these major components get disconnected. It causes wrinkles and poor skin elasticity. The collagen film contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin, major components of the skin as well as vitamin C, having the antioxidant function, leading to an anti-ageing effect on human skin by increasing moisture and enhancing elasticity. Since edible collagen products on the market are absorbed through the digestive system of the body, collagen absorption decreases due to various factors including gastric acid, digestion by digestive enzymes, metabolism by liver etc. Collagen cream also shows low collagen absorption because it rarely passes through the skin barrier. To overcome this problem, other products contain an excessive amount of collagen. A study by Professor Taizo Taniguchi of Himeji Dokkyo University, Japan, Evaluation of Absorbability of Macromolecular Substances in the Oral Mucosa and Skin using a Three-Dimensional Tissue Culture Model (Biology and Medicine, 2018), shows that mucosa has higher absorption efficiency in higher molecular weight substances than the skin. As the product is time-released and melts slowly in the mouth, collagen is absorbed directly by blood flow through the mucosa and collagen absorption to the body increases by 92 times. Additionally, it contains fish collagen (low molecular weight) which has higher absorption level and safety than meat collagen. (Fish collagen absorption amount is about 42 times higher than meat collagen.) It is also very simple to use; Users just need to put this collagen film inside of both cheeks before going to bed. This Korean bio-healthcare company has exclusive sale rights of this product and currently selling it in the Korean market. In addition, the company intends to penetrate the European market. The company is looking forward to co-operating with food or beauty product distributors.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought:
- Type of partner sought: food or beauty product distributors - Specific area of activity of the partner: health functional food /beauty supplements - The task to be performed: Under the distribution services agreements, a potential partner will be in charge of distribution of the health functional products.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market