G-Pharma Collaborates with CNPMC to Transform Ginseng Extract for Wider Customer Acceptance

G-Pharma Collaborates with CNP to Transform Ginseng Extract for Wider Customer Acceptance

G-Pharma, an Ontario-based Canadian company specializing in concentrated American Ginseng extract, partnered with the Centre for Natural Products (CNP) to change the production of their concentrated liquid form into a dry powder form, which would be more suitable to a majority of customers.

With the help of researcher Barb Allen from Loyalist College, they were able to achieve the first goal of their project to create a successful product for the market. 

Read on to learn more about their experience working with CNP and their plans for the future.

Tell us your company story.

G-Pharma is an Ontario-based Canadian company and our flagship GinEx products are deep processed and concentrated American Ginseng extract made from Ontario-grown American Ginseng roots, which are available in 30ml, 100g, and 240g bottles.

GinEx contains high concentration of ginsenosides and poly-saccharides and is specifically designed to have very high absorption rate, making it highly effective at reducing stress, improving strength, focus and boosting the immune system.  GinEx is a Canadian Licensed Natural Health Product (NPN) and is produced by a GMP-certified pharmaceutical company in Canada.

Our mission is to innovate the ginseng market, by bringing new generations of measurable, high quality, and effective Canadian ginseng products to market. By changing the perspective of ginseng, we strive to elevate Canadian ginseng products to global markets. Within five to ten years, we will have several value-added American ginseng products in North American markets and our goal is to have our products become the major exported forms of Ontario produced American ginseng roots.

Tell us about why you came to the Centre for Natural Products.

We are a member of Natural Products Canada (NPC) and we read about the Centre for Natural Products in the NPC newsletter and thought that the CNP might provide the technical supports that would solve our problems and help us save time and money.

Our concentrated and pure forms of American ginseng products are liquid. They are very strong and effective but also have a very strong bitter taste. We needed to increase market acceptability in order to achieve our goals and find a way to deliver the products more easily and effectively, in a format accepted by a majority of customers. To do so, we investigated changing production of our products from concentrate liquid form into a dry powder form.

Dry ginseng powder can be used in different ways; concentrated ginseng powder can be used to make tablets, capsules and even mixed with other herb extracts to make different forms of products containing high quality ginseng extracts.

This high-quality ginseng extract will help us to reach more customers. Not only will retail customers accept this form of product, we can also sell our products to industrial customers in health food sectors and cosmetic sectors. Furthermore, we can use this ginseng extract powder to make value-added ginseng products that will help export of Ontario produced American ginseng roots, which will help the Ontario ginseng industry over the long run. 

Tell us about your experience.

Working with Loyalist College is a very pleasant experience. Carly Kelly, who is the Manager, took the time to understand our project and what we needed. We then met with Researcher Barb Allen to work out a detailed plan to solve our business problem. Her expertise and dedication towards this project really stood out. She helped us identify the proper methodology, found great solutions and provided us with great results.

Tell us about the results.

We worked on this project with a private company before but ended up with no results. Working with Loyalist College through the wet granulation process, we were able to obtain dry ginseng powder from our liquid ginseng product. We have achieved the goal for our first stage and now in the next stage we are looking for results that can quantify the powder.

Working with Loyalist College has been great, and we believe our collaboration will result in a successful product to market.

bathintentions Partners with CNPMC to Improve Shower Steamer Formulation

bathintentions Partners with CNP to Improve Shower Steamer Formulation

Dinah Ener, bathintentions founder, during one of her visits at the CNPMC

bathintentions, an artisan bath and body company that handcrafts self-care products from earth-sourced ingredients, partnered with the Centre for Natural Products (CNP) to reformulate their flagship shower steamers.

The research projects support bathintentions’ mission to craft high-quality self-care products while honouring the spirit of Alaya, their co-founder, to inspire customers to prioritize self-care in their daily lives.

Keep reading the story below to learn more about the partnership between bathintentions and the CNP at Loyalist College.

Tell us your company story.

bathintentions is an artisan bath and body company that handcrafts self-care products from earth-sourced ingredients with a little bling to stimulate your senses. Our story is rooted in love, resiliency and the power of community.

bathintentions is a family-owned company that came to life during the most challenging of times and thanks to the love and support of our family, friends, staff, and community. Our girl, Alaya, was known for her determination, resiliency, boundless energy, and a wicked set of eyebrows. She was a creative genius and co-founder and brought together her love of life and fierce determination to not only help build a business she loved but also battle and be treated for cancer over six times. Alaya left this earth and her spirit went home in September 2018. Dinah, mom, and co-founder, rebelled against the difficult circumstances with bold, ingenious ideas to ensure the fruition of the family’s vision. We believe that business and life, is about caring and strong relationships through good and bad times. With that, we carry on our programs, product innovation and life, by honouring Alaya’s spirit at the core of everything.

bathintentions thrives to bring innovation to self-care bath products. We aim to mainstream handcrafted products making it easier for customers to access quality.

Tell us about why you came to the Centre for Natural Products.

Customer experience is at the centre of all we do. bathintentions wants to offer the best relaxation experience to its customers so we approached the CNP to support us in reformulating our flagship shower steamers to prolong the length of each disk. Innovating this market will enable our small company to compete not only Nationally, but also on the International market.

Tell us about your experience.

bathintentions has benefitted from invaluable expertise from the CNP. The team has introduced ingredients that can truly impact the quality of the product and has offered their knowledge and expertise to support us. But more importantly, they have also given us confidence to initiate contributing to the research and development process.

Communication has been fluid and has shaped the project as we have progressed towards the perfect product. We have learned so much about bringing a product to market; we have discussed the many challenges faced for a small company scaling up with limited resources and felt that the team is truly available for us.

Tell us about the results.

Our first project completed with the CNP increased the duration of the shower steamers to expand to more than one use, including the manufacture of a new modified release and new formulation with disintegration/dissolution characteristics to last for multiple shower applications.

The current project involves further development of the multi-use shower steamer to optimize size, friability and cost of ingredients. The target is to achieve the same aromatic quality in a formulation that is not breakable after drying and packaging.

To learn more about bathintentions’ products, visit their website.

Startup Afiya Beauty Brings Innovation to Skincare with Sustainable Upcycled Ingredients

Startup Afiya Beauty Brings Innovation to Skincare with Sustainable Upcycled Ingredients

Shamsa Hassan, Afiya Beauty co-founder and CEO, working at one of the CNPMC’s labs

Shamsa and Kaltum, the co-founders of Afiya Beauty, approached the Centre for Natural Products (CNP) to incorporate upcycled organic waste materials into their formulations to create a unique and effective product that addresses a common skin concern for their customers.

Working with the team at Loyalist College, they were able to research and develop a new technology that supports their mission of creating sustainable skincare products and differentiates their business within the clean beauty space.

To learn more about the partnership between Afiya Beauty and the CNP at Loyalist College, keep reading the story below.

Tell us your company story.

My name is Shamsa and together with my sister Kaltum, we are the co-founders of Afiya Beauty. At Afiya, we are committed to using new technology and conscious manufacturing practices to develop plant extracts from recovered waste. Our goal is to be a leader in this field, developing high-performance inclusive skincare products sustainably produced with low environmental impact.

Tell us about why you came to the Centre for Natural Products.

Upcycling is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials or discarded objects into new materials or products. Food and beverage waste represent the main source of materials that can be upcycled into beauty products since these materials contain food grade ingredients with rich properties for the skin. Currently, the upcycled cosmetics market is mainly represented by scrubs, oils and soaps however; our company is researching how to use upcycled ingredients to make sophisticated serums, rich in vitamins and antioxidants that solve our customers most pressing skincare concerns.

We were referred by GreenCentre Canada to the Centre for Natural Products to help us incorporate using organic waste materials into our formulations. Research performed at Loyalist validated that fresh produce has vast amounts of enzymes, vitamins and active ingredients that can be extracted and converted into high- performance extracts that can be used in cosmetics.

Our goal is to use these high-performance natural extracts from food waste to create a unique and effective product that addresses a common skin concern in a safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly way. We want to rely less on foreign ingredients and to be able to sustainably create an ecosystem that is closer to home.

Tell us about your experience.

Working with the team at Loyalist has been such a great experience for our start -up. We found it really easy to communicate our vision and the team was instrumental at helping bring our innovative product to market. We would highly recommend the CNP to any start-up/SME looking to develop, scale up and commercialize their ideas with the added bonus of transforming the results of research into high-quality products. We are super happy with the results of our formulations and look forward to working on more product lines in the future.

Tell us about the results.

The project helped Afiya to research and develop a new technology that can be integrated within our products and supports our mission of creating environmentally and socially sustainable skincare products. This helps the growth of the organization by providing value that differentiates our business and maintains our competitiveness within the clean beauty space.

To learn more about Afiya Beauty’s products, visit their website.