Aquapreneur News

Issue 1

  • Company creating shark therapies to combat key diseases like cancer

    One of Scotland’s most successful biotech companies, Haptogen, is pioneering new drug discovery techniques using the immune system of sharks after striking a significant deal with the University of Aberdeen. Haptogen – which will be using shark antibodies to create new therapies for delivering drugs to combat key diseases like cancer – has obtained the licensing rights for the technology […]
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  • Engineering Blood Vessels from Chitosan

    A Florida State University researcher is developing methods for regenerating blood vessels damaged by secondhand tobacco smoke, by using chitosan and gelatin. A postdoctoral researcher at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering since 2003, Feng Zhao’s main area of research is tissue engineering — the creation of synthetic or natural materials that can be used to replace part of a living […]
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  • Scripps, JGI Sequence Marine Bacterium S. tropica

    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography have sequenced the genome of a marine bacterium that could play a role in fighting cancer, Scripps reported recently. In collaboration between Scripps and the Joint Genome Institute, the scientists sequenced the genome of Salinispora tropica. The results were released this week in the early online edition of […]
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  • Lobster Shell Compounds Can Heal

    Scientists in Cuba say two compounds from lobster shells — chitin and chitosan — have healing and bio-stimulant properties. The University of Havana researchers said the compounds can be used to produce surgical materials with great healing and antiseptic properties, as well as to enhance growth speed and germination in seeds. More Information
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  • New Marine-based Enzyme Launched to Rejuvenate Skin

    The Norwegian marine biotechnology company, Aqua Bio Technology AS (ABT), has recently introduced an all-natural, marine-based enzyme to the global cosmetics and cosmeceutical ingredient market. Discovered in the Norwegian waters by coincidence, the now patented enzyme, ZONASE, is now creating buzz in the global skin care market. Research revealed that the same enzyme that degrades a fish egg shell during […]
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  • UK Marine Biotech Consortium to Search Sea for Anti-cancer Microbes

    A UK based consortium, which includes AvantiCell Science (Ayr) and Fleet Bioprocessing (Reading), will participate in the three year project to discover new anti-cancer compounds derived from the microbial resource of the sea. The programme aims to demonstrate the potential of potent marine based bio-actives which through conjugation to monoclonal antibodies/nanoparticles could lead to a new generation of therapeutic candidates. […]
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  • Marine Biotech Company GlycoMar Developing New In House Screening Services

    OBAN life science company GlycoMar Ltd has recently announced an additional service has been introduced at its in house screening facility. GlycoMar Managing Director Dr Charlie Bavington set up the Company in 2005, to exploit the potential of sugar-based compounds derived from marine invertebrates. GlycoMar has continued to expand its commercial success since 2005, when it made the headlines by […]
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  • Omega-3 Encapsulation in Chitosan Gets Study Boost

    Wanwimol Klaypradit and Yao-Wen Huang from the University of Georgia’s Department of Food Science and Technology report that combining chitosan and maltodextrin and applying the ultrasonic technique produced the smallest particles with highest emulsion stability, with high retention of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The research also explores the potential of an ultrasonic atomizer for the encapsulation process, […]
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  • Crab Shells and Fungi May Hold a Key to Asthma

    While humans and other vertebrates do not produce chitin, the human body is equipped to recognize and eliminate it. A new study by researchers at University of California indicates that a less active form of AMCase might allow our adaptive, or learned, immune system to recruit too many cells in its attempt to rid the body of chitin, eventually inflaming […]
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  • Biotech Company Announces New Omega-3 Supplement Purity Test

    Omega-3 supplements can vary significantly in concentration and purity. Pharmaceutical grade products are often indistinguishable to the naked eye from lower purity products at room temperature. Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, commented, “The health benefits of omega-3s are clear but many manufacturers make outrageous claims about their purity—the freezer test, developed by scientists at Cenestra Health, […]
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