Our History

Founded in 2003, Hylobates takes inspiration from excellence in science, and is based on a dedicated team with leading expertise in scientific and regulatory affairs.

Hylobates (in short, Hylo) was founded in 2003 by Luca and Lucilla. After graduating in science, they lived, studied and worked in the United States in the field of food risk assessment, public health and cosmetic sciences. Back in Rome, they decided to start a company to deliver excellence in scientific and regulatory consulting for food and cosmetic products.

Our company’s name was inspired by a gibbon, a Hylobates lar, which is an amazing tree-jumping creature, which, with its precise and instictive understanding of strengths, difficulties, and rules of physics and physiology, is able to fly flawlessly between the highest trees in the canopy of Indonesian forests.

2003

In 2003, we opened our first office in Northern Rome. Also, in 2003, we submitted (by hand!) our first notification of a food supplement to the Italian Ministry of Health, and supported the legality of a new ingredient.

2003
2005

Our first research project was funded by the European Commission, within an international consortium, in 2005. This was also the year we acquired the first e-commerce sports nutrition retail website as a customer. We also helped defend a firm against a misleading advertising allegation made by Italy’s antitrust authority (AGCM).

Again, in 2005, we faced and solved one of the first issues on borderline classification between food and cosmetic products.

2005
2007

In 2007, we successfully submitted our first INCI name application through the Personal Care Products Council of a botanical ingredient from South America.

2007
2009

In 2009, we helped write and manage the PlantLIBRA project, which dealt with plant food supplements and provided a platform for some of the key current scientific and regulatory developments for botanicals, including the BelFRIT list. Francesca also became a key member of the management team.

2009
2010

In 2010, as the staff grew and Armando and Jacopo joined the team, we moved to our current offices.

2010
2013

In 2013, we were awarded an EFSA contract for pre-assessment of food enzymes from an exposure and technical specifications point of view.

2013
2015

In 2015, for the first time, we had a multinational company as a client. Within a year, we also started serving supermarket chains.

2015
2020

In 2020, the relevance for Hylobates of European and international projects overtook the Italian market.

2020

Our target is your satisfaction

We always do our best to solve
the many requests of our customers.

Let's grow together towards the future!