How can PD&S help customers these days?
Winclove’s PD&S department consists of six people, including myself. Customers can ask us any formulation-related questions. These can be technical questions about the formulation, but also questions relating to registration and literature, to what can and cannot be included on the packaging, etc. We are also happy to help customers position their products and explain why Winclove’s formulations are so beneficial. In addition, we make sure, together with the Innovation Department, that Winclove’s pipeline is filled with new formulations. For instance, we recently developed formulations for urinary tract- and upper airway infections, and we are currently looking into a formulation with our Probionibacterium freudenreichii W200. We have upgraded this strain so that it now produces more vitamin B12.
What do you appreciate most about the probiotics developed by Winclove?
I personally think it is excellent that we screen the strains incredibly carefully and know very well which functional properties they have. For example, we know whether and, if so, which pathogens they inhibit, how they affect immune responses and what effect they have on the barrier function. Based on this we select the most suitable strains for a certain indication. But this is not the only thing we do; we then also check through clinical studies whether the formulation is effective. In other words, Winclove’s formulations are of such high quality because they are well-substantiated. I am really happy to work for a company which values quality so highly.