IBSA highly purified hyaluronic acid is obtained by microbial fermentation. All stages of the manufacturing process take place in Italian plants (located in Lodi and Avellino), thus ensuring complete control of the production chain. IBSA hyaluronic acid is obtained by microbial fermentation and does not contain any animal-derived ingredients.
IBSA is a well-established provider of “Made in Italy” quality and expertise, with 15 years of experience in marketing hyaluronic acid made in Italian production plants and sold in 80 countries worldwide.
IBSA has developed and patented the NAHYCO® technology, a production process based on an innovative thermal system that enables the creation of hybrid cooperative complexes of high- and low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid.
From a chemical point of view, hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide belonging to the glycosaminoglycan family (GAG), which are macromolecules made up of long sequences of simple sugars. It has a gelatinous consistency and its distinctive properties include excellent viscoelasticity and high biocompatibility.
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in many tissues and fluids of the human body. It is one of the main constituents of connective tissue and is particularly abundant in the articular cartilage and synovial fluid.
Natural hyaluronic acid performs several functions in the joints, including:
Lubrication and hydration.
It acts as a shock absorber, absorbing stress within the joint.
Repair and regeneration of the cartilage.
Due to its properties and its favourable safety profile, hyaluronic acid is used in various fields of medicine, e.g. to lubricate the joints and supplement the synovial fluid, or to enhance the wound healing processes. It can also be used in a variety of cosmetic products due to its promising effectiveness in boosting the elasticity of the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is traditionally obtained from animal tissues, typically rooster combs, using an extractive method. More recently, a combination of biotechnological sciences and pharmaceutical technology has enabled the production of hyaluronic acid by microbial fermentation.
IBSA specialises in research and development,
production and marketing of hyaluronic acid-based products.