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Biodegradable Controlled Release Microparticles for Non-Medical Applications

Technology Overview

Through a proprietary matrix encapsulation technique, active ingredients are incorporated into a polymer matrix particle. Then the matrix is machined into microparticles that contain high concentrations of the encapsulated actives. They can be incorporated into a secondary carrier matrix such as water, oil, hydrogel, polymer, or paint. In that way they impart the special active ingredient controlled release properties to the secondary carrier matrix. Fragrances, essential oils, vitamins, surfactants, and preservatives are just a few examples of actives that can be encapsulated in this flexibly adaptable and applicable way.

Technology Features & Specifications

  • Processing at ambient temperatures (20 - 30°C)
  • Processing at low pressures (5 - 50 psi)
  • Ability to incorporate actives in liquid, solid, and gel states, with payloads of up to 80%
  • Controlled release duration ranges from several hours to a few months
  • Mode of activation can be customized according to application requirements
  • Encapsulating matrix is entirely biodegradable
  • Matrix particle size can be customized and diameters range from 5 to 50 microns
  • Production process is simple and easy to scale up for mass production

Potential Applications

  • Home care
  • Personal care
  • Cosmetics
  • Coatings and inks
  • Flexible packaging
  • Agriculture
  • Pest control

Market Trends and Opportunities

Consumers now demand higher levels of functionality in the products they buy. They are also attracted to products with unique, future-forward features. This technology allows businesses to take advantage of that, by upgrading and enhancing existing products with new, more desirable properties. Or they can utilize this technology to create entirely new and innovative products.

Customer Benefits

  • Allows the secondary carrier matrix to acquire controlled release properties
  • Improves treatment efficacy
  • Reduces consumption of actives
  • Actives are safer and easier to handle
  • Protects actives from environmental degradation (e.g. UV)
  • Enables development of new products and formulations
  • Allows extension of patent life for proprietary actives close to or are at patent expiration

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