TECH OFFER

Plant-Derived Nano-delivery Technology to Improve Bioavailability of Actives

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Healthcare - Pharmaceuticals & Therapeutics
TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Canada
ID NUMBER:
TO162673

TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

This technology uses plant-derived nanoparticles (PDNPs) and nanofibers (PDNFs) which are isolated from sour cherries. The PDNPs and PDNFs transport high quantities of biologically active payloads into living cells of plants, animals and humans. The nanoparticles bind to and protect actives from degradation and can transport them into cells. The nanoparticles bind wells to any type of material for delivery, e.g. hydrophobic and hydrophilic materials.

The technology owner is open to conduct R&D for clients who are looking to develop a product for specific intended use. They are developing a manufacturing protocol for companies who wish to license their technology.

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

The nanodelivery system can be deployed in several applications including food, beverage, agriculture, nutraceutical and pharmaceuticals. The technology owner is currently working on 3 different types of technology:

  • Nutrient delivery for consumption

Higher bioavailability leading to enhanced absorption of nutrients into bloodstream.

  • Nitrogen/nutrient delivery to animals (e.g. livestock)

Increased absorption of nitrogen in animals leading to reduction of nitrogen input in feedstock, hence, reduction in feed cost. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission can be reduced with this approach.

  • Pesticide and herbicide

Eliminates pathogens via RNA interference in plants / insects without toxicity to other organizms. This reduces the need to use toxic pesticides and herbicides on plants, and works well for agricultural production of field crops, fruits and vegetables.

The technology is patented and covers composition, manufacturing process and uses.

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

Agriculture

  • Optimizing RNAi delivery, pest control
  • Post harvest technology – increased shelf life
  • Phytosanitary antipathogen agents

Human Health, Wellness & Nutrition

  • Obesity control, anti-inflammatory
  • Topicals for inflammation of joints
  • Increase bioavailability of pharmaceuticals

Food & Beverage

  • Stabilize water-insoluble beverage components
  • Drinks to control chronic pain
  • Nutrition bars

Animal Nutrition & Health

  • Increase bioavailability vitamins/metals
  • Increase bioavailability of pharmaceutical

Unique Value Proposition

The technology overcomes the problem of poor bioavailability. It can deliver biologically active molecules orally in high concentrations. The benefits are:

  • Improved efficacy
  • Rapid onset of action
  • Avoids degradation
  • Lower cost
  • Environmentally-friendly due to reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Anti-inflammatory
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