Partnering opportunity

Processing technology for gentle drying of biologically active and thermolabile materials offered

Summary

A Czech SME specialized in food application development and food technology processing development has developed state-of-the-art technology for gentle drying of biological and other materials Advantages are lower drying temperatures and less energy consumption. The SME is looking for industrial partners from food, cosmetic or pharma industry for the installation customized for the particular industry application based on a commercial agreement with technical assistance or technical cooperation.

Partner sought

The Czech SME seeks cooperation with: - Companies from the food, cosmetic or pharmaceutical industry that usually use for their production conventional spray/freeze drying technology. Companies that supply relevant materials / products for these industrial segments. The Czech company can provide customized solution within the specific environment and customer’s internal production processes. The cooperation sought may vary according to the client’s needs. The SME will provide customized turn-key solution within the specific customer’s environment including the staff training based on commercial agreement with technical assistance. Technical cooperation agreement in order to adapt the technology for other industries than those mentioned above based e.g. on a European research project (Horizon2020, Eureka etc.) is another cooperation option as well.

Description

The Czech SME has developed novel technology for gentle drying of biological and thermolabile materials. The new device combines micro/nanoparticle production by centrifugal micro/nanomaterial technology with technologies using supercritical CO2. The spray nebulization drying technology (called CASND) allows materials to be produced in native state with maximum conservation of biological activities or other original material properties. This allows utilization of low drying temperatures and reaching new characteristic of micronized materials. In comparison with machines produced by the competitors, the technology consumes less energy when compared to freeze drying and uses much lower drying temperatures when compared to conventional spray drying. The new technology can be utilized in the food, cosmetic or pharmaceutical industry. In the case of commercial agreement with technical assistance, the SME will provide customized turn-key solution within the specific customer’s environment including the staff training and service. Further development based on a technical cooperation agreement to adapt the technology for drying specific materials as mentioned above based e.g. on a European research project (Horizon 2020, Eureka etc.) is another cooperation option.

Advantages and innovations

- Smaller particle sizes than e.g. spray drying (higher and faster solubility or dispersibility) - Potentially new characteristic of micronized materials (e.g. micronized proteins have improved functional properties such as foaming and emulsifying activity) - Drying takes place continuously and with less energy consumption compared to freeze drying and conventional spray drying - The technology is modular, applicable to different types of industries - Low drying temperatures (30-60°C) allow for gentle and cost-effective processing of thermolabile materials

Development stage

Field tested/evaluated

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Secret Know-how,Other


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