Beans grown with urine and Martian soil, new cosmetic ingredient produced by fermentation, plant-based superglue, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of February 27th

February 26, 2020 |

What a weird week – yummy string beans fertilized with human urine in the form of struvite and cultivated using artificial Martian and lunar soil, making Marvin the Martian hungry for some beans. If that’s too gross for you though, how about superglue made from plant-derived cellulose nanocrystals and water? Or a new cosmetic active ingredient produced by fermentation and based on a totally original carotenoid?

In today’s Digest, these ‘out there’ innovations as well as some more down to earth innovations and news, like Birla Carbon and GranBio Technologies new patent-pending nanocellulose dispersion composite rubber masterbatch for qualification by tire and rubber companies.

#1 DEINOVE expands its range of cosmetic active ingredients with blue-light special

In France, DEINOVE says it is has developed a new cosmetic active ingredient, produced by fermentation and based on a totally original carotenoid, designed to restore radiance and vitality to the skin. Its ability to absorb blue light and its outstanding antioxidant properties had been demonstrated in vitro. Ex vivo studies have since been carried out, confirming these properties and revealing additional features, particularly in terms of complexion homogeneity and brightness, which are particularly sought by the cosmetics industry. The active is currently being clinically tested and data will be available for the official launch.

DEINOVE is already marketing a first cosmetic active ingredient, a second in partnership with Greentech and plans to launch new assets in 2020. Several other cosmetic actives are in development, including with Oléos (Hallstar Group) and Dow. It also runs a program in animal nutrition with Groupe Avril.

DEINOVE has developed a unique and comprehensive expertise in the field of rare bacteria that it can decipher, culture, and optimize to disclose unsuspected possibilities and induce them to produce biobased molecules with activities of interest on an industrial scale. To do so, DEINOVE has been building and documenting since its creation an unparalleled biodiversity bank that it exploits thanks to a unique technological platform in Europe.
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