The aim is to develop a productive new source of natural preservatives that meet the demands of consumers. (Photo: Aquapharm Biodiscovery/FIS)
Collaboration to identify natural, marine-derived food preservatives
Monday, October 25, 2010, 08:30 (GMT + 9)
Aquapharm Biodiscovery, a leading marine biotechnology company, has signed a research agreement with Leatherhead Food Research to identify novel functional extracts with broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity using Aquapharm’s extensive collection of marine micro-organisms.
Under the terms of this agreement, Aquapharm will apply its suite of proprietary screening technologies, including SeaRch, and fermentation know-how to generate extracts for screening.
Leatherhead Food Research, drawing on its scientific expertise and track record on the identification, evaluation and application of alternative preservatives for food and other applications will then undertake the screening of these short-listed extracts from Aquapharm’s collection against a range of different micro-organisms, bacteria and fungi.
Aquapharm and Leatherhead Food Research will offer the output of this screening effort, namely a rich new source of naturally derived antimicrobial compounds, to the food and beverage industry and seek an appropriate partner, or partners, to support the further development and commercialisation of selected candidates.
The collaboration represents a major step forward for Aquapharm in realising the potential of its unique marine assets and expertise in the food and beverage sector.
This builds on its established deals with Croda to develop novel bio-active ingredients for the personal care industry and AMRI to isolate and identify active pharmaceutical ingredients, thus maximising the exploitation of its marine collection in producing a range of high value-added products for multiple market sectors.