A Korean Botox producer targets the Halal market
INIBIO, a biomedical company specializing in medical aesthetics, is pursuing the halal certification process for botulinum toxin (Botox) for the first time in Korea.
According to ETODAY(https://www.etoday.co.kr/), a Korean news agency, INIBIO is developing botulinum toxin based on plant-derived ingredients excluding animal-derived ingredients from the R&D stage, aiming at pioneering the 2 billion Muslim market.
In order to receive halal certification of medicines, there must be no pork or non-halal content. Since botulinum bacteria are also cultured in a medium containing animal-derived ingredients, it is not easy for botulinum toxin companies to obtain halal certification.
An official from IniBio said, “In the Islamic markets such as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, interest in beauty is increasing rapidly, but the government is restricting botulinum toxin containing animal-derived ingredients. Saudi Arabia and Indonesia's large pharmaceutical companies are showing great interest. In Indonesia, in particular, as soon as the clinical results of INI-101 (Type A) of INIBIO's botulinum toxin product have been completed, halal certification of the product will be promoted with the goal of approval in the first half of next year.”
Original artice in Korean = https://www.etoday.co.kr/news/view/1909873
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