About Us

IMAX Discovery Mission

Providing innovative flavors, fragrances and taste imparting or modulating ingredients – discovered and isolated from nature as well as from chemical synthesis – to the food and beverage, pet food, cosmetic and perfume industry in order to open a new chapter in the discovery and provision of novel flavor and fragrance compounds.

Company History

IMAX Discovery was incorporated in 2011 as an equity joint venture between IMD Natural Solutions GmbH (INS), a specialist in the natural product field, and Axxam SpA (Axxam), a leading company in discovery research. INS and Axxam had been jointly involved in numerous successful R&D projects performed together with top companies in the food and beverage industry as well as flavor houses even before the foundation of IMAX Discovery. Thanks to this long collaboration history, IMAX Discovery has gained a good reputation as innovator for new taste modulating ingredients trusted by various leading companies in the field. Since the beginning, IMAX Discovery scientists have established and validated a variety of proprietary technology platforms based on cellular assays utilizing human taste and other sensory receptors as well as a natural product libraries and dedicated profiling strategies in order to facilitate the identification of new molecules acting as modulators of the basic taste modalities, temperature perception, spiciness and fat perception. Those proprietary technology platforms are continuously optimized to always be able to offer top tier and best in class solutions to our clients. Recently, IMAX Discovery became a 100% subsidiary of Axxam and, in the course of the transaction, acquired the natural product libraries of INS. In that period, Axxam transferred its service business within the fragrance field into IMAX Discovery. Besides carrying out projects for clients, IMAX Discovery also generates a pipeline of proprietary novel taste modulators suited to improve the characteristics of existing taste formulations. Those molecules are positioned to be licensed to partners in the food/flavor industry for final development towards commercial applications.

Who We Are

IMAX Discovery focuses its activities exclusively on the discovery and provision of novel flavors, fragrances and taste imparting or modulating compounds – both, originating from nature and chemically synthesized – utilized for flavor and fragrance applications, implementing advanced technologies that have already been used successfully for the discovery of bioactive compounds for pharmaceutical applications. IMAX Discovery offers its clients and partners integrated solutions for the entire discovery process starting from flavor and fragrance target identification and validation up to the selection and development of new bioactive compounds by providing services, tools and integrated solutions tailored to the client’s and partner’s specific needs. Choosing IMAX Discovery as research partner means to be lead by highly skilled scientists with the experience to face even the most challenging projects. Using its exclusive technology platforms and thanks to its scientists’ expertise on taste receptors and natural products, IMAX Discovery also generates its own proprietary product pipeline of novel taste modulators ready to be licensed to partners in the food/flavour industry towards final development and commercialization.