Antimicrobials are additives typically added to products with the aim to destroy or inhibit the growth of microbes. In view of the current global pandemic, the use of antimicrobials has become more prevalent. Currently, such antimicrobials are synthetic chemicals, which are often associated with drawbacks such as cytotoxicity and tendency for resistance development.
The technology on offer is a natural antimicrobial agent derived from the valorisation of food waste. Using a proprietary clean label extraction technology, this natural antimicrobial agent exhibits good potency against a broad spectrum of microbes, including bacteria and viruses. More importantly, the valorisation and extraction process is 100% clean and eco-friendly, without the use of chemicals. This technology is highly processible, able to withstand thermal and/or pressurized treatment and compatible with both aqueous- and oil-based solvents. The superior processability and natural origin implies that it can be applied to many different applications across various industries including biomedical, food, personal care, materials, etc.
The natural antimicrobial agent is derived from food waste and possesses the following features:
Potential applications include (but are not limited to):
The company has successfully developed the natural antimicrobial agent for use in hand sanitizers and are seeking potential collaborations in other applications.