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Chinese firm aiming to go global with its animal-free collagen alternative

By Amanda Lim

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Chinese firm Jland Biotech has developed an animal-free collagen to mimic and replenish the levels of type-3 collagen in skin. ©GettyImages
Chinese firm Jland Biotech has developed an animal-free collagen to mimic and replenish the levels of type-3 collagen in skin. ©GettyImages
Chinese firm Jland Biotech has developed an animal-free collagen to mimic and replenish the levels of type-3 collagen in skin.

Reallagen is created with yeast fermentation technology and is genetically engineered to imitate type-3 collagen.

It was designed to have the same structure as human collagen and has good compatibility with human skin.

Serene Yuan of Jland Biotech said Reallagen solves a real pain point in the cosmetics industry.

“In cosmetics, people are looking for animal-free ingredients. Our collagen follows that trend. It’s safe for vegans and can be used for halal products. We believe it is the future,” ​said Yuan.

She claimed that it was also a safer alternative to traditional collagen. “With other collagen, you won’t know the source beyond that it’s from fish probably. But we can assure you of safety because of our consistent quality. ”

Better than collagen

Yuan said Reallagen has gone through multiple third-party clinical trials domestically and overseas to test its efficacy. For instance, the product was found to have high transdermal absorption rates.

According to the firm, Reallagen’s anti-ageing properties outperforms traditional collagen by 200%.

Reallagen is also compatible with a variety of other ingredients, making it easy to formulate, said the firm. “The compatibility is very good, it can go through any go any kind of formulation I can assure you,” ​said Yuan.

In its raw form, the product is available as a pure powder and a 1% liquid.

The company also develops semi-finished products containing Reallagen such as its Reallagen Collagen Balls.

The collagen balls contain 35% of Reallagen and can be combined with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.

The ingredients are freeze-dried, eliminating the need for preservatives.

Additionally, she noted that the collagen balls are a novel and attractive product suitable for Asia’s innovative beauty market.

Rapid expansion

The company has been researching and developing non-animal collagen for over ten years, but only recently managed to mass produce the Reallagen.

Jland Biotech began marketing and promoting the product two years ago in China and the fast development of the business drove them to seek opportunities overseas a year ago.

“In the last two years, the business has developed very quickly. We already have distributors all over the world just from one year of active promotion. We also established a sales office in Europe and have contacts with the big companies,” said Yuan.

The firm sees the potential to expand its product in Korea, Europe and the US. The company also aspires to enter Japan once those links have been established.

“Japan is the most advanced and we have people who are quite interested. But it will take time, so we will consider the Japanese market next year,” ​said Yuan.

With a large research and development team, Jland Biotech is considering new concepts that are focused on animal-free collagen.

While the company declined to release too much detail, Yuan said the research could involve replicated human type-2 collagen.

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