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Welcome to ThinkingLinking’s opportunities clearinghouse for natural ingredients!


The power of the database

In total, 309 companies included in the database were put through the classification process. For each company, we selected the main products. In cases where products were similar and would yield an identical 5D-picture, we classified the group as one, since the information would be the same for strategic matching purposes. This process resulted in 628 classified products for potential linking.Since products can have multiple vertical markets and multiple claimed health benefits, the database has a total of 892 specific ‘opportunities’ when these additional vertical market relevancies are considered and 722 when the additional claimed health benefits are considered.

The resulting classified database allows a large number of opportunities to be quickly checked for their match with the 5D-criteria of any company, whether it is looking for M&A, licensing or other forms of alliance or joint venture.

For a 5D-match to result in a successful transaction, it must qualify against the criteria of both parties. To this end, the 5D-approach can be applied from both sides.

In practical terms, our database is focused on products of privately-held companies since they are generally more ‘accessible’ for linking through acquisition or investment, and are frequently also actively looking out for other types of partnering such as JVs, outlicensing or other alliances. Confidentiality of companies included in the directory is enhanced by the use of reference numbers, so that in essence each opportunity is described according to the five dimensions and their sub- dimensions.


It is our experience that a huge amount of time is wasted by companies in the early stages of looking for potential partners because of a sporadic or inefficient approach, because there has not been a way to instantly identify all counter-parties’ products or product profiles against their 5D-wish list. This tool allows their time to be focused on exploring 5D-relevant opportunities at the more useful stages of science, market opportunity and the commercial terms of a potential transaction. This is how ThinkingLinking is taking advantage of our growing classified database of relationships in the sector to make useful links for our clients.



Example of a 5D-search shows 56 targets in the world

From a starting point of 1,129 opportunities

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source: ThinkingLinking Natural Ingredients Database

Overview of the opportunities

Ingredients types & groupings

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source: ThinkingLinking Natural Ingredients Database

Origins & Sub-origins

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source: ThinkingLinking Natural Ingredients Database


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Vertical markets

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Health Benefits

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source: ThinkingLinking Natural Ingredients Database

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