Cooling Taste Program: The goal of the Cooling Taste Program is to identify novel cooling agents that have advantages over currently available agents such as menthol. Senomyx has identified several sample classes of new cooling agents that demonstrate a taste proof-of-concept and display preferred cooling properties, and the Company is in the early stages of the development process with a new cooling agent. Firmenich has exclusive commercialization rights for new flavors developed under the Cooling Taste Program and is currently evaluating additional cooling agents for potential future development.
Salt Taste Program: The goal of Senomyx's Salt Taste Program is to identify flavor ingredients that allow a significant reduction of sodium in foods and beverages yet maintain the salty taste desirable to consumers. This program is an important research focus for the Company's longer-term pipeline. Current activities include targeted analytical approaches to discover specific proteins that could be viable candidates for the receptors or co-factors responsible for salt taste. Senomyx has assembled a proprietary database of proteins found in taste buds and progress is being made exploring the role of a number of these proteins that may be involved in salt taste perception. In addition, the Company is currently focusing a greater effort on a smaller subset of proteins that includes potential lead receptor candidates.
Intellectual Property: Senomyx continues to be diligent in seeking protection for its intellectual property. As of December 31, 2012, the Company is the owner or exclusive licensee of 354 issued patents and several hundred pending patent applications in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere r
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