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Natural Antimicrobial Agent For Broad Spectrum Applications

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Chemicals - Coatings & Paints
Healthcare - Medical Devices
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TO174362

TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

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.

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

The natural antimicrobial agent is derived from food waste and possesses the following features:

  • 100% Natural
    • No synthetic and harmful chemicals
    • No heavy metals
  • Potent antimicrobial efficacy
    • Superior efficacy against broad spectrum of bacteria, effectively targeting 99.9999% of all tested bacteria including virulent bacteria such as S. aureus, E. coli, P. aeruginosa, L. monocytogenes.
    • Enhanced virucidal functionality, effectively targeting and killing more than 99% of both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses within 2.5 minutes.
  • Excellent processibility for broad spectrum downstream applications
    • Thermal resilient
    • Capability to withstand pressure treatment
    • Compatibility with both aqueous- and oil-based solvents
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable
    • Derived from food waste
    • Negative carbon footprint

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

Potential applications include (but are not limited to):

  • Biomedical
  • Food
  • Agricultural
  • Fast moving consumers goods such as for personal and homecare use
  • Materials such as textiles and coatings

The company has successfully developed the natural antimicrobial agent for use in hand sanitizers and are seeking potential collaborations in other applications.

Market Trends & Opportunities

The global natural antimicrobial market is expected to reach a massive size of USD1.06 billion by 2027 with a CAGR of 7.30%. With the increased use of antimicrobials, the market is currently on the lookout for a good natural-based antimicrobial technology. The technology developed possesses good functionalities, processability and applicability.

Benefits

  • Naturally derived alternative to synthetic chemicals
  • Validated antimicrobial efficacy against broad spectrum of microbes including both bacteria and viruses 
  • Superior processibility with tolerance towards thermal and pressure treatment
  • Compatible with different solvents
  • Environmentally sustainable
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