Roquette launches plant-based softgel premix

Roquette launched a ready-to-use, pharmaceutical-grade solution, called Lycagel Premix, for vegetarian softgel capsule formulation using the company’s pea starch technology.

Roquette (Geneva, IL) launched a ready-to-use, pharmaceutical-grade solution, called Lycagel Premix, for vegetarian softgel capsule formulation using the company’s pea starch technology. The formulation enables capsule characteristics comparable to gelatin softgels, including excellent capsule strength, seal integrity, quick drying time with no stickiness, fast disintegration, and improved performance due to high thermal and chemical stability.

“Accessing the right quantities of raw materials is not always straightforward. Lycagel Premix eliminates the need for manufacturers to manage multiple raw material inventory and simplifies processes, like handling and storage, as well as streamlining manufacturing through the simple addition of water and glycerol to the powder,” said Paul Smaltz, vice president of Roquette Pharmaceutical Solutions, in a press release.

The formulation supports non-GMO, halal, kosher and clean-label claims. “Available as a drop-in solution for customers’ existing systems, it is now easy for manufacturers to adopt the premix into current manufacturing set-ups without requiring re-tooling of the line. This eliminates the need for dosing of individual ingredients, while also minimizing the risk of variability and probability of production failure,” added Smaltz.