Category: Chemicals & Materials

Squid skills inspire military research

Squid skills inspire military research

August 3, 2020 |

In Maryland, researchers at the US Army Research Institute are  developing a renewable, self-healing material inspired by squid teeth in the hopes it can be used to design self-repairing robots and uniforms. Squids catch and hold food using tentacles, which can regenerate if lost or damaged. Researchers at Penn State University have already developed soft […]

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Boston company seeks to solve key infant formula shortcoming

Boston company seeks to solve key infant formula shortcoming

August 3, 2020 |

In Boston, Massachusetts, biological engineering company Conagen has developed a process to produce lactoferrin, an abundant protein in breast milk that acts as an antimicrobial and antiviral agent. Currently, makers of infant formula rely on lactoferrin extracted from cow milk in a costly purification process that simultaneously removes several key nutrients. “The main key drivers […]

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Pandemic pivot: Company converting dairy waste into alcohol switches to hand sanitizer production

Pandemic pivot: Company converting dairy waste into alcohol switches to hand sanitizer production

August 3, 2020 |

In New York, New Age Renewable Energy has been converting dairy waste into hand sanitizers to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is taking whey acid byproduct from milk production to produce gallon containers, 55-galon drums, and 275-gallon tanks of hand sanitizer, depending on organizational needs. The process was developed over the last few […]

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Bamboo bikes improve environment and education in Ghana

Bamboo bikes improve environment and education in Ghana

August 3, 2020 |

In Ghana, a local entrepreneur is producing bicycles from bamboo to provide an eco-friendlier method of transportation, create local jobs, and help children focus on their education. Bernice Dapaah tells the World Economic Forum that the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative has sold more than 3,000 bikes. For every sale, a bamboo bike is donated to […]

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Banana fiber PPE can combat pandemic without adding to plastics waste

Banana fiber PPE can combat pandemic without adding to plastics waste

August 3, 2020 |

In the Philippines, a natural fiber already used to produce tea bags and Japanese currency could be used to produce biodegradable personal protective equipment for preventing COVID-19 infection. “With this pandemic, if we all buy masks made of synthetic fiber, they will pile up in dumpsites because they take so long to decompose,” Philippine Fibre […]

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California company gets EPA Safer Choice nod for renewable surfactant

California company gets EPA Safer Choice nod for renewable surfactant

August 3, 2020 |

In California, Advanced BioCatalytics says it has received the coveted EPA Safer Choice Approval for Glucospike, a microbiology-based surfactant for cleaning applications. To qualify for the Safer Choice label, a product must meet EPA’s Safer Choice Standard, which includes stringent human and environmental health criteria. “At [Advanced BioCatalytics] ABC we have been building surfactant-based applications, […]

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Vegan ice cream Brave Robot uses biotech to produce milk proteins

Vegan ice cream Brave Robot uses biotech to produce milk proteins

August 3, 2020 |

In California, food technology firm Perfect Day has expanded into animal-free dairy ice cream. Dubbed Brave Robot, the company uses genetically modified microflora to produce milk proteins casein and whey. After adding plant fats and other ingredients, the company is able to replicate the taste and consistency of dairy-based ice cream. Flavors include Vanilla, Buttery […]

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Animal-free meat solutions among Israeli food tech finalists

Animal-free meat solutions among Israeli food tech finalists

August 3, 2020 |

In Israel, winners of Calcalist’s Food Innovation contest for best startup working in food technology has named 11 finalists, including a handful of biotech solutions. The finalists include Amai Proteins, founded by Ilan Samish,  who says the company is the first to apply “designer” protein technology to sweeteners, and SavorEat Ltd., a company combining 3D […]

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Fierce and functional: Antiviral jeans that protect you from COVID-19

Fierce and functional: Antiviral jeans that protect you from COVID-19

July 27, 2020 |

In Switzerland, textile company HeiQ is seeing an uptick in interest for its virus-killing technology. Two fashion brands, Warp + Weft and DL1961, have begun using HeiQ’s Viroblock, which imparts sanitizing properties to jeans and creates a germ-resistant surface. Certified 72% biobased, Viroblock is added during the manufacturing process and kills 99.9% of COVID-19 within […]

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Tomato ingredients firm expands to “ketchup” with demand

Tomato ingredients firm expands to “ketchup” with demand

July 27, 2020 |

In New Jersey, Lycored, a company commercializing pigments and health supplements based on lycopene, has invested millions to more than double production. Lycopene is a carotenoid found in tomatoes and other red produce. The investment included a new production facility in Branchburg, New Jersey that will help support expansion into new markets globally. “The expansion […]

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