Lactoferrin, one ingredient,
a thousand benefits.

Your product + lactoferrin

BiCT and NZMP are at your side to boost and innovate
your products with Lactoferrin

Lactoferrin is a glycoprotein with many beneficial applications and effects: it supports the immune system, reconstitutes intestinal flora, has an antiviral effect, restores iron deficiencies, to name but a few.

BiCT is the official lactoferrin reseller in Italy thanks to the partnership with NZMP, the ingredients brand of Fonterra. Lactoferrin and its declinations have always been BiCT’s core business, to make available to everyone the biological advantage that mothers naturally give to their children. Protection.

NZMP high quality ingredients, Fonterra’s expertise & innovation and BiCT’s Research & Development team, guarantee a supply of excellent quality, which can be complemented by a full service for those who also wish to develop and innovate with this multifaceted raw material.

Fonterra is a leading global ingredients provider, supplying NZMP ingredients to around 130 markets globally.

NZMP ingredients have uncompromised standards for quality and integrity. NZMP ingredients are manufactured through Fonterra’s world leading processes, leveraging New Zealand’s extensive dairy knowledge. Fonterra’s fully controlled and monitored supply chain is secure at every step, ensuring ingredient quality all the way from farms through our distributor and reseller channels.

BiCT more than a supplier

Our R&D team supports you from design to raw material supply and finally to the development of your lactoferrin product.

We are more than suppliers, we are your partner to innovate your products, and to ensure a constant supply of bioactive high quality raw material.

Ensure a competitive, consistent and excellent supply of lactoferrin

Develop and produce prototypes for specific formulas

Ensure quality and safety

Provide test samples

Offer technical support, testing, research and development


Lactoferrin, the ideal bioactive ingredient for your innovation

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From research, the countless properties of Lactoferrin

From 1939, when it has been first identified by Sorensen in cow’s milk, lactoferrin has now been found to have numerous properties, including antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as prebiotic properties that affect the intestinal and skin microbiota. Lactoferrin is a very small glycoprotein – 703 amino acids with iron-transporting and immune-enhancing properties – derived from milk. It is present in large quantities in colostrum, which is very important for the protection of newborns, but also in the adult organism, where it is part of neutrophilic white blood cells, and in which it flows through plasma, tears and saliva.


Lactoferrin optimises the immune system

Lactoferrin is therefore an ancestral protection molecule that optimises and intervenes early in support of the human and animal immune system, regulating and controlling certain substances that defence cells (granulocytes and lymphocytes) sometimes release excessively in the event of illness, and which cause symptoms such as persistent fever, pain and sometimes tissue damage.

Antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal

The main function of lactoferrin, or lactotransferrin, is that of iron homeostasis, i.e. transporting and regulating the concentration of iron in the body. It binds to iron and transports it from the intercellular junction, where it is exchanged between one cell and another, to the blood and vice versa.

It is anti-viral and anti-bacterial: iron binding removes iron from body fluids, preventing it from being a vector for many viruses, particularly respiratory viruses, and some bacteria.

This process has proved effective against Herpes simplex, cytomegalovirus, coronavirus and HIV; it has also proved important in the fight against certain mycoses, such as those caused by Candida.