Roquette launches Lycagel for vegetarian softgel formulation

The company offers full development support to clients exploring this technology for their own formulations

Roquette has today announced the launch of its pea starch technology Lycagel, designed for vegetarian softgel capsule formulations.

Comprising pea starch; carrageenan, a setting agent sourced from marine macro algae; Neosorb sorbitol, a plant-based ingredient suitable for nutraceutical application; and salt, a jellifying agent; Lycagel is suitable for both nutraceutical and pharmaceutical applications and meets EU and US pharmacopeia standards.

“The launch of Lycagel marks a new era for softgel formulations and manufacturing. Manufacturers no longer need to compromise on performance when launching a vegetable softgel solution,” said Paul Smaltz, Head of Roquette’s Global Pharmaceutical business unit. “Designed to be easily adaptable to existing gelatin processes, Lycagel can support businesses in bringing vegetarian alternatives to market quickly, without significant changes to existing operations.”

Roquette claims the system offers excellent capsule strength, seal integrity, quick drying time with no stickiness, fast disintegration, and when compared to gelatin, no cross-linking and higher processing temperature suitability. Lycagel offers manufacturers greater flexibility to develop multi-ingredient and advanced formulations, as well as ingredients that require higher processing temperatures, such as pastes and waxes.

Smaltz adds: “Lycagel gives manufacturers the opportunity to take vegetarian softgel formulation further than ever before. As well as offering advanced performance, the pea starch system delivers on consumer visual appeal too – producing capsules with a transparent, shiny finish and excellent reproducibility. This launch represents Roquette’s continued commitment to ensuring its customers remain at the forefront of innovation.”

Lycagel is backed by full development support from Roquette, as an innovation partner to companies exploring this technology for their own customers. This includes materials for pilot scale; a technical data package detailing formulation, equipment and processing know-how; and remote or on-site technical scale-up support, all part of a contract research services offering to speed efficient scale-up and commercialization.

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