Inbiose and DuPont receive EU Regulatory Approval

(16-04-2018) Inbiose and DuPont celebrate EU regulatory approval of their first human milk oligosaccharide ingredient for infant formula in the European market.

Ghent University spin-off Inbiose and DuPont Nutrition & Health celebrate regulatory approval of their first human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient for infant formula in the European market.

Human milk oligosaccharides, complex carbohydrates found in breast milk, are an important breakthrough innovation in infant formula, developing a product with more of the health benefits associated with human milk.

There are more than 100 HMOs found in human breast milk, with 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL) being the most abundant. In 2016, Inbiose and DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) announced a joint development and licensing agreement for the exclusive rights to produce and commercialize 2’-FL and other selected fucosylated HMOs for food applications.

“After many years of critical research and significant investment, we are delighted to see the first of our range of human milk oligosaccharides becoming commercially available, thus addressing a major gap in the nutritional composition of infant formula,” said Prof. Wim Soetaert, Inbiose executive chairman. 

2’-fucosyllactose, which will be marketed by DuPont under the brand name CARE4U, is already approved for use in dietary supplements, with potential applications related to digestion and immune health.


Inbiose is a privately held, 50-person-strong company located in Belgium. Inbiose has made its mark as a leader in the development of human milk oligosaccharides, which are of paramount importance for the health of newborns and developing infants. The company develops cost-effective processes for the production of specialty carbohydrates using its proprietary GlycoActives high-productivity biotechnological platform. Inbiose targets specialty carbohydrate ingredients that have differentiating functionalities addressing needs in global markets, areas such as human and animal nutrition, biomedical fields, agricultural applications and beyond. The company continues to seek partnerships to develop and commercialize such new ingredients.


DuPont Nutrition & Health, a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, combines in-depth knowledge of food and nutrition with current research and expert science to deliver unmatched value to the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industries.