Technology (UPN: 70)

Technology A safe, non-toxic, edible, organic nano-material for use in multiple applications
Organisation Type Company (University Spin-Off)
Organisation Region North America
Overview A safe, non-toxic, edible, organic, low-cost, nanomaterial that can be applied in many applications including: Personal Care, Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, Agri-chemical and Food Products. The company's mission is to fulfill a rapidly growing global demand for eco-friendly polymers produced from sustainable sources that also enhance the performance of consumer products and provide new and unique properties.

Two major factors have limited the adoption of conventional nanotechnology; the high cost of making nanomaterials and the hazardous nature of many nanoparticles. The Innovator new nanomaterial is extracted from corn and is low-cost and completely safe (edible). In addition, eco-friendly, plant based alternatives to common petroleum-based chemicals typically do not have comparable technical performance, while in many applications the proposed material offers superior performance.

The proposed ingredient is a natural biopolymer in the form of uniform sub-micron particles. Those particles have many desirable properties such as strong light scattering, uniform surface chemistry, biodegradability and non-toxicity, and they are easily dispersed in water, giving dispersions with long term stability and no significant viscosity even at relatively high concentrations. Previously, this combination of properties has only been achieved in advanced high value synthetic polymers. Moreover, this ingredient demonstrates an unprecedented interaction with light that is highly desirable in sun care applications.

Possible Applications:

Moisturizer, Rheology Modifier, Sunscreen Additive, Vitamin Stabilization, Hyaluronic Acid Replacement, Low Glycemic Index Carbohydrate, Safe Nanoparticle, Dermal Fillers, Dry Color Cosmetics, Hair Moisturizers, Excipients, Nutraceuticals, Lubricants, Agri-chemical Dispersant, Fat Replacement, Natural Inks & Coatings, Silky Feel, Rheology Modifier, Pigment, Organic Pigment, Spray Drying, Antibiotics, Non-Toxic Drug Delivery, Biodegradable Plastics, Energy Drinks, Baby Foods, Particle Size Standard.

Competitive Advantage

The proposed technology offers multiple advantages to its customers including: a natural, non-toxic biopolymer produced from renewable plant material using a food grade process. The ingredient technology is low-cost and offers enhanced material properties and enhanced performance over conventional materials.

Development Stage:

In user / Testing result available

Working prototype or Sample ready for testing

Intellectual Property:

Patents are pending that cover the method for producing the material and key applications for its use.

Innovator A privately held company that sells patent licenses to its customers and also manufactures and sells its material technology for use in its customers products.