Meet our member: Impetus Bioscience


Impetus Bioscience is an independent and neutral laboratory, located in Bremen, Germany. Focused on DNA based methods since 1996, they are pioneers in the field of DNA-analytical testing. They have developed many innovative methods and are continuously expanding their analytical scope.

Detecting genetic modifications

For more than 25 years the company has specialized in the analysis of genetically modified plants (GMP), i.e. the detection of genetic modifications by using different screening strategies, the identification of EU authorized GMP as well as non-authorized plants by performing event specific PCR and the exact quantitative determination of identified events.

Impetus Bioscience has longstanding experience in combination with state-of-the-art methods, such as Realtime PCR, Digital Droplet PCR, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) sequence analysis and in-house developed high efficiency methods for the extraction and purification of DNA. These methods enable Impetus to analyse the complete spectrum of matrices, i. e. raw materials, as well as highly processed products.  They belong to a handful of specialists in the world capable of performing complete GMO analysis in highly processed cotton products.

Importance of knowing what is in food

Since the accurate and reliable identification of animal and herbal components in food and feed is increasingly gaining significance due to health reasons, legal regulations, religious rules, commercial interests as well as consumer behaviour, it is extremely important to be familiar with the latest scientific knowledge, to stay in close contact with national authorities and to be represented in certain expert committees. 

Dr. Lothar Kruse, Managing Director of Impetus Bioscience, comments:
“The introduction of new national and international Non-GMO labels raises consumer awareness. More and more companies in the food and feed sector, but also in the clothing and cosmetics sectors, are converting their production or including Non-GMO or vegan lines in their product catalogue. As an independent service laboratory, we would like to offer the various actors/issues the greatest possible analytical security and use our experience to advise our customers.

Genetic engineering is complex and has been subject of very controversial discussions in the society for decades. The uncertainty among consumers has been increased by the rapid expansion of New Genome Editing methods like CRISPR-Cas in the biomedical and agricultural sciences. At this point, governments, Non-GMO labels, scientists and media should intensify their efforts to provide the public with sound information”.

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