Shrividya Enterprises, Mumbai, India based manufacturer of Chitin and Protein announced increase in the production capacity: Chitin capacity is increased from 40MT Per year to 60MT per year and Protein capacity increased from 108MT per year to 216MT per year
Chitin is basic raw material for upstream compounds such as ,Glucosamine Sulphate and Chitosan.Chitin Is Extracted from shrimp/ Prawn shells. Chitin is light in weight and white in colour. Shrividya Enterprises is established manufacturer of chitin since 1999. It has a manufacturing facility in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India. Now Shrividya enterprises can supply upto 60MT per year. This increase in capacity will help meet growing customer demand for Chitin.
Algae Biomass Summit to Reveal Latest Engineering Advances for Commercial Production of Domestic, Low-Carbon, Renewable Fuels Made From AlgaePosted On: August 6, 2012
The 6th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in Denver, Co. September 24-27 will showcase in its Engineering and Analysis track nearly 30 presentations by leading research scientists from national and corporate laboratories. The sessions will inform technical audiences about the latest in algae growing methodologies, biofuel and oil analysis, and similar developments related to growing and harvesting algae for fuels, food and other products. Advances in engineering are key to wide-scale commercial production of algae-based products.
“These are among the top researchers in the world developing technologies for algae production systems at commercial scale,” said Phil Pienkos, Principal Group Manager, Applied Sciences for the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Chair of the Algae Biomass Summit. “Combined with the incredible advances in algae biology, we’re seeing significant opportunities to increase yields, while reducing energy and water requirements and maximizing co-product potential.”
The Summit comes at a time when industry is increasingly looking for new sources of sustainable raw materials — feedstock — for a wide range of end uses. Products made from algae are the natural solution to the energy, food, economic, and climate challenges facing the world today. Algae have the power to simultaneously put fuels in vehicles, recycle CO2, provide nutrition for animals and people and create jobs for millions of Americans. More information can be found at www.allaboutalgae.com .
The Algae Biomass Summit is produced by the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the US algae Industry.
In a pioneering collaboration the leading Scottish biotechnology company Aquapharm and German industrial biotechnology firm c-LEcta are set to fast-track the discovery and commercialisation of a new wave of bio-catalysts.
c-LEcta is skilled in the identification and engineering of enzymes and strains for optimized bio-catalytic industry processes, whilst Aquapharm has proven expertise in harnessing the commercial potential of its unique collection of marine bacteria and fungi.
Together the partners will strengthen and expand their ability to provide innovative solutions across many market areas including production of natural, sustainably produced food, beverage and personal care ingredients.
Viral Genetics (pinksheets:VRAL), through its majority owned subsidiary VG Energy, is now verifying the chemical activity in industrial scale batches of LipidMax(TM) in response to demand for the product from research institutes and from industry. LipidMax, the first product marketed by VG Energy, is a lipid enhancement compound for use in the production of oils from algae and other plants or plant-like organisms and is based on the Company’s exclusively licensed Metabolic Disruption Technology (MDT). VG Energy is launching LipidMax in response to unsolicited demand for MDT compounds from algae oil producers after it announced testing results during the preceding year.
Gel-forming extracts of seaweed have been used in the past in numerous weight loss products as a way to suppress appetite and lose weight. Controversy over false and misleading advertising by some sellers of weight loss pills—as well as pilot studies not detecting weight loss effects—has clouded the issue over whether or not alginates—a seaweed extract—can be beneficial toward fighting obesity. However, a recently reported online study tells us that the effectiveness of alginates toward appetite suppression is dependent upon the source of the alginates and the formulation of the seaweed drink.
A sound strategy for marine biotechnology research, technology development and innovation and a concerted coordination of relevant national and regional programmes are urgently needed in Europe. The Coordination and Support Action ‘MarineBiotech’ is a response to this, aiming at an ERA-NET in marine biotechnology that can deliver ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’, a core objective of the Europe 2020 Strategy. Bringing together 11 partners from 9 countries, MarineBiotech will work with Europe’s other initiatives including SEAS-ERA, ERA-IB, ERA Bioenergy and the new Joint Programming Initiative in Healthy Seas and Oceans, as well as other relevant projects and programmes.
MarineBiotech is coordinated by the Research Council of Norway and managed by BioBridge Ltd UK. The 1st invitation-only workshop Mobilisation and Engagement of Funding Agencies and Stakeholders took place in Faro, Portugal 26th-27th April 2012, organised by the Portuguese science funding agency FCT.
Growing International Interest In Oceanology To Benefit The Global Marine Biotechnology Market, According To New Report By Global Industry Analysts, Inc.Posted On: April 24, 2012
With growing environmental pollution throwing the spotlight on sustainable industrial development, there exists huge demand for suitable, scalable, economically, socially and environmentally sustainable feedstock options for the manufacturing industry. With sustainable feedstock production and delivery ballooning into a massive industry worldwide, the world’s oceans have emerged into the next frontier for investigative, biological resource development and management R&D projects.
For instance, marine-derived cosmetic ingredients, marine-derived molecules including enzymes, biopolymers and biomaterials, marine-derived pharmaceuticals, among others, are now becoming the mainstay of most R&D projects worldwide. The marine biotechnology sector is also attracting increased venture capital funds as is mirrored by the mushrooming of potential laden start-up firms focused on developing novel compounds from marine organisms.
As stated by the new market research report on Marine Biotechnology, Bioactive Substances represents one of the fastest growing market sectors trailing a projected CAGR of approximately 4.7% respectively.
The research report titled “Marine Biotechnology: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the marine biotechnology markets, impact of recession on the markets, current market trends, key growth drivers, recent product introductions, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global as well as regional market participants.
Nanoparticle-sized Chitosan has shown promise in effectively combating Staphylococcus saprophyticus and E. coli.
Chitosan is a natural, non-toxic and biodegradable, obtained from chitin, the main component of the shells of shrimp, lobster and the beak of the octopus and squid.
It could be used as a protective wound-healing material to avoid opportunistic infection as well as working to facilitate wound healing, the International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials reports.
Mihaela Leonida of Fairleigh Dickinson University, in Teaneck, New Jersey, colleagues reported how they have prepared nanoparticles of chitosan that could potentially preventing infection in wounds as well as enhancing the wound-healing by stimulating skin cell growth.
At Kyoto University in Japan, researches have found an interesting composite that might just meet these requirements in an unlikely place — a crab shell. A crab shell was put through a number of different chemical washes and was broken down into a material called chitin. The chitin is combined with a resin to create the desired compound. This material can then be formed into a flexible sheet that could have applications in solar panels, improving the efficiency of the technology. Researchers also believe that this chitin/resin material could also have many applications within the electronics community.
The chitin/resin panel is not only flexible, allowing for, well, flexibility in the use of these panels, but it maintains its efficiency, even when hot. The traditional composite currently used in most panels has been shown to lose well over half its conductivity when heated to a certain temperature. The chitin/resin panel can withstand far higher temperatures without any reduction in efficiency.
University of Toronto student gets financial boost for top spot in a national automotive R&D competition utilizing marine-derived ChitinPosted On: February 3, 2012
A new biodegradable material made from shrimp and crab shells that can replace petroleum-based plastics used in auto components helped a University of Toronto student win a national automotive competition. Aaron Guan, a master of science student, won the AUTO21 TestDRIVE competition, receiving a $10,000 scholarship for his work on recyclable, lightweight, polymeric nanocomposites.
Shrimp and crab shell fibres called chitin nanowhiskers form the base of this new material, which would allow automotive components to meet strict environmental standards without compromising vehicle safety. This material has a much higher strength-to-weight ratio compared to conventional plastics used in most automotive components, and provides higher mechanical strength without aesthetic flaws or deformation at lower densities.
Due to the composite nature of the material, mechanical properties can easily be engineered to suit various strength, stiffness and weight requirements simply by varying the combination of chitin nanowhisker and polymer content. The material is also completely renewable and sustainable as chitin nanowhiskers are derived from the waste of the fishing industry.