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Innovation Centre for Biomaterials inaugurated in Stockholm
Biomaterials : 04 January, 2016
The Stora Enso Innovation Centre for Biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressing societal problems such as climate change, increased urbanisation as well as water and land use issues.
 
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics : 20 April, 2015
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The bioplastic materials could also be used for food packaging.
 
Lactic acid for bioplastics produced from de-proteinised whey in continuous production run
Biomaterials : 21 May, 2014
The industrial biochemicals company Cellulac is announcing the world’s first ever industrial-level continuous production of lactic acid from deproteinised lactose whey. A 10 day production run has concluded which has delivered optically pure D(-) lactic acid suitable for conversion to bioplastics.
 
Sustainable bio-based succinic acid for the production of resins, coatings and adhesives
Bioplastics : 27 March, 2014
As a first time exhibitor at the American Coatings Show 2014, Reverdia will highlight the benefits of Biosuccinium. This 100% bio-based succinic acid offers a more sustainable alternative to conventional raw materials such as fossil-based succinic acid, adipic acid or terephthalic acid for the production of resin, coating, adhesive, and sealant products.
 
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
Biomimetic Materials : 10 January, 2014
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
 
Thermography aids compounding of additives into bioplastics
Bioplastics : 10 January, 2014
The IKT Institute of Plastics Technology at Stuttgart University has demonstrated the use of thermography as a non-destructive test method for lightweight plastic parts and compounding of additives into bioplastics with a mini-compounder fitted with an open processing zone.
 
Joint development for production of industrial sugars from biomass
Biomaterials : 19 December, 2013
BASF and Renmatix are to jointly scale up the patented Renmatix Plantrose process for the production of industrial sugars based on lignocellulosic biomass. The two companies have signed a non-exclusive joint development agreement. The parties have agreed to key financial terms for future commercial licenses, which BASF can exercise at its discretion. The collaboration follows BASF’s $30 million investment in Renmatix in January 2012.
 
Shape memory foam expands to treat aneurysms
Biomaterials : 02 December, 2013
NIBIB-funded researchers in Texas A&M’s bioengineering department are moving rapidly to provide a better treatment for this serious disorder. The group specializes in using the unique properties of foam shape memory polymers (SMPs) to solve clinical conditions lacking satisfactory treatments.
 
Bioplastic combined with nanofillers could cut electronic waste
Bioplastics : 17 October, 2013
Italian company Bio-on has released a bioplastics polymer that is 100 percent biodegradable in water and soil and can be used as a substrate for electrical circuits. When combined with suitable nanofillers, the polymer can act as an electricity conductor. Bio-on hopes that the product could help reduce the 50 million tons of electronic waste produced worldwide every year.
 
Bioresorbable polymer unveiled at Houston conference
Bioplastics : 04 October, 2013
Within the medical device industry there is a need for new biomaterials that address the scientific and technical requirements of regenerative medicine applications. Peter D Gabriele, Vice President of Emerging Technology at Secant Medical, will discuss at the MedTech Polymers Conference in Houston, the development and prospective uses of a novel bioelastomer. Gabriele’s presentation, "A Novel Bioresorbable Polymer Option for Regenerative Medicine", is to take place on Monday, 14 October at 12:05pm at the Reliant Center.
 
Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) bioplastic - replacement for styrenics and olefins?
Bioplastics : 29 August, 2013
Corbion Purac bioplastics is exhibiting at the K trade fair in Dusseldorf a number of bio-based applications resulting from strategic partnerships in packaging, automotive, home interiors and sporting goods.
 
New developments and investments foreseen in European bio-based polymer production by 2020
Bioplastics : 29 August, 2013
The European Union’s relatively weak position in the production of bio-based polymers is largely the consequence of an unfavourable political framework. In contrast to biofuels, there is no European policy framework to support bio-based polymers, whereas biofuels receive strong and ongoing support during commercial production (quotas, tax incentives, green electricity regulations and market introduction programs, etc.). Without comparable support, bio-based chemicals and polymers will suffer further from underinvestment by the private sector. It is currently much more attractive and safe to invest in bio-based polymers in Asia, South America and North America.
 
BMBF research project on safety of nanomaterials suggests composition, rather than size, is key
Biomaterials : 24 June, 2013
How a nanoparticle behaves in the body is determined by the properties of the substance it consists of. The size of the particles is of secondary importance. If a biological effect is present, it can often be weakened by a technique known as functionalization. These are results of the NanoGEM (Nanostructured materials – Health, Exposure and Material Properties) project initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and involving 19 research institutions and companies, which have been working together for three years.
 
BASF and Bend Research join forces to solve bioavailability challenges
Biomaterials : 25 February, 2013
BASF SE and Bend Research have signed an agreement to jointly evaluate and develop novel excipients to enhance the solubility and bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs.
 
Cotton treated with hydrophilic polymer absorbs moisture in great quanitities
Natural Fibres : 25 January, 2013
A hydrophilic (super-absorbent) polymer called PNIPAAm, developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, could be used to enable cheap cotton to provide water in deserts and other arid regions.
 
Mushroom roots digest and bind agricultural waste to form polystyrene foam substitute
Natural Fibres : 21 November, 2012
There is increasing and widespread interest in biodegradable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. One recent development in this area is a material called EcoCradle. Developed by Ecovative Design LLC, the material replaces synthetic, petroleum-based foams such as expanded polypropylene (EPP), expanded polyethylene (EPE), and expanded polystyrene (EPS). Containing fungus rather than petroleum, EcoCradle not so much manufactured as grown.
 
Platinum-chromium coronary stent has bio-absorbable PLGA polymer coating
Biomaterials : 08 November, 2012
Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval for its Synergy Everolimus-Eluting platinum chromium coronary stent system, which features an ultra-thin abluminal (outer) bioabsorbable polymer coating.
 
Tough shells from a weak substance- conch shell gives nano insights into composite materials
Biomimetic Materials : 14 April, 2011
Writing in the International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation, researchers at the University of Cambridge use the example of the conch shell as illustration of toughness-by-architecture in the quest for new synthetic materials for engineering, construction and aerospace applications.
 
Biodegradable polymers from plants can be left or right-handed
Natural Fibres : 01 April, 2011
Scientists at Bath and Tel Aviv Universities are developing a new chemical catalyst to improve the process of making these plastics, making them stronger and more heat-resistant so they can be used for a wider range of objects such as engineering plastics for the automotive industry, microwavable trays and hot drinks cups.
 
Hope of effective vaccines for devastating diseases after new work on artificially constructed viruses
Biomaterials : 17 June, 2007
According to researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in work presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Meeting in Edinburgh, new work on artificially constructed viruses offers the hope of effective vaccines for devastating diseases in the future.
 
Biomaterials : 16 June, 2007
According to research due to be presented at a Society for General Microbiology meeting at UMIST in Manchester, potato blight causes worldwide losses of
 
Silver medal for SGM at Chelsea Flower Show
Biomaterials : 15 June, 2007
At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, gardening enthusiasts were keen to learn how some microbes can harm their garden plants. The Society for General Microbiology
 
New technology to see ever smaller and smaller pieces of the puzzle that is life
Biomaterials : 14 June, 2007
The Microbiology Today, the quarterly magazine of the Society for General Microbiology, looks at vital role that microscopy plays to advance our understanding of the lives of some fascinating micro-organisms.
 
A simple blood test for tuberculosis in children could reduce deaths
Biomaterials : 13 June, 2007
TB testing in children is crucial as the disease can rapidly spread from the lungs to other organs, such as the brain, spine and kidneys, leading to life threatening conditions which particularly affect children. A simple blood test to analyse and identify proteins circulating in the blood of infected children could provide the answer.
 
Cystitis and other infections possibly caused by bacteria using a rudimentary form of computing power to co-ordinate their attacks
Biomaterials : 12 June, 2007
According to scientists, cystitis and the other urinary tract infections suffered by one in five women may be caused by bacteria using a rudimentary form of computing power to co-ordinate their attacks and act as a genetic memory.
 
Parasites causing African sleeping sickness constantly change their coats for disguise
Biomaterials : 11 June, 2007
Scientists heard at the Society for General Microbiology
 
Research suggests spreading of sewage sludge on fields poses practically no risk
Biomaterials : 10 June, 2007
Society for General Microbiology researchers say food poisoning bugs in sewage sludge which is spread on fields are destroyed so quickly that they pose practically no risk.
 
Why antibiotic resistant superbugs win out in the wild
Biomaterials : 09 June, 2007
Researchers have discovered why superbugs like MRSA are dominating our hospitals, when accepted wisdom says that the cost for bacteria of competing against non-resistant strains should be too great in most circumstances.
 
Breakthrough in production of biofuels
Biomaterials : 08 June, 2007
Scientists in Germany have developed a breakthrough in the production of biofuels. Research published in the Microbiology, a Society for General Microbiology journal, describes how specially engineered bacteria could be used to make fuel completely from food crops.
 
A breakthrough in classification of new bacteria
Biomaterials : 07 June, 2007
An article in Microbiology Today reports that classifications of new bacteria have been made easier after a study found that
 
Bird 'flu (H5N1) - What happens if the critical care system is overwhelmed?
Biomaterials : 06 June, 2007
The Federation of Infection Societies conference heard that plans to make fair decisions about who gets scarce treatment if bird
 
Global consequences for HIV and drug resistant tuberculosis in Africa
Biomaterials : 05 June, 2007
Africa has 10% of the worldwide population but is also home 70% of the world
 
New challenge for combating Syphilis as it resurfaces in London
Biomaterials : 04 June, 2007
The Federation of Infection Societies conference in Cardiff heard that cases of Syphilis are on the rise in Britain, putting infants at risk of dying by having the disease passed on by their mothers during pregnancy.
 
Serious multi-drug-resistant bacteria are also becoming immune to hospital disinfectants & antiseptics
Biomaterials : 03 June, 2007
New research presented by the Society for General Microbiology, suggests that dangerous multi-drug-resistant bacteria are also developing immunity to hospital disinfectants and antiseptics.
 
The ability of viruses to infect & destroy cells is being used by scientists to stop cancerous tumours
Biomaterials : 02 June, 2007
An article in the Microbiology (The Society for General Microbiology's quarterly magazine) states that the natural ability of viruses to infect and destroy cells is being used by scientists to kill cancerous tumours.
 
Hospital stitching, nylon strips, beads & thread covered in viruses could be effective against MRSA
Biomaterials : 01 June, 2007
Beads, nylon strips and hospital stitching thread covered in viruses might prove to be an effective weapon against the hospital acquired superbug MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), according to research.
 
Herpes hope for new brain tumour treatment
Biomaterials : 18 June, 2006
A virus that causes brain infections is now being tamed to treat brain tumours, scientists heard at the Society for General Microbiology's 158th Meeting at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
Evidence that some cleaning agents may actually help bacteria to survive in hospitals
Biomaterials : 18 June, 2006
Elderly patients, who are most at risk from hospital bugs which cause diarrhoea, could be having their health endangered by the widespread use of some disinfectants, according to scientists presenting research at the Society for General Microbiology's 158th Meeting at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
Hope that MRSA spread can be beaten by vaccination
Biomaterials : 17 June, 2006
Superbugs stuck in the noses of patients, visitors and staff could be causing the spread of the feared multiple antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA in hospitals, scientists heard at the Society for General Microbiology's 158th Meeting at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
Strawberry and chocolate danger could be prevented by good bacteria
Biomaterials : 16 June, 2006
Consuming strawberries, chocolate and tea in excess can all lead to kidney stones, but the danger might be prevented by probiotics, according to medical researchers speaking at the Society for General Microbiology's 158th Meeting at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
Making better probiotics, a helping hand for friendly bacteria
Biomaterials : 16 June, 2006
Asthma, eczema, bowel disease and other medical problems, which can be helped by taking probiotics, foods containing friendly bacteria, may be improved even further according to research announced at the Society for General Microbiology's 158th Meeting at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
Antibiotics increase tuberculosis resistance risk
Biomaterials : 15 June, 2006
Drug resistant tuberculosis may be on the increase due to a limited repertoire of effective drugs, which need to be given in combination, and the inability of some TB bacteria to repair their own DNA properly, leading to faster mutations, according to scientists presenting their research at the Society for General Microbiology's 158th Meeting at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
Pandemic potential of H5N1 bird 'flu
Biomaterials : 15 June, 2006
Making vaccines against bird 'flu is difficult and many problems need to be overcome before production begins of a vaccine for the disease, according to an article in the issue of Microbiology Today, the quarterly magazine of the Society for General Microbiology.
 
Carbon kick start works wonders for plant growth
Biomaterials : 14 June, 2006
Feeding the bugs lurking in potting compost or soil some extra carbon rations to kick start their activity can boost healthy crop growth in an environmentally friendly way, biologists heard at the Society for General Microbiology's 158th Meeting at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
Bacteria as logic boxes, decision making switches may hold key to combat drug resistance
Biomaterials : 14 June, 2006
Bacteria are very capable of making decisions that require juggling various aspects of life, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's 157th Meeting at Keele University, UK.
 
Marine bacteria are cutting cooling gas emissions
Biomaterials : 13 June, 2006
Marine bacteria are reducing the amount of an important climate cooling gas given off from our seas and studies on enzymes from a model bacterium could help to understand this important process, say scientists at the Society for General Microbiology's 158th Meeting at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
New infrared snapshot will spot contaminated meat in seconds and prevent food poisoning
Biomaterials : 13 June, 2006
A new technique to spot contaminated meat in seconds instead of the hours currently needed could revolutionise the food processing industry and prevent thousands of cases of food poisoning every year, according to scientists speaking today at the Society for General Microbiology's 157th Meeting at Keele University, UK.
 
Trojan horses may hold key to Campylobacter in chicken farms
Biomaterials : 12 June, 2006
An extremely unpleasant food poisoning bug, often caught through eating undercooked chicken, is lurking in Trojan horses on our farms, according to scientists presenting at the Society for General Microbiology's 158th Meeting at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
Tuberculosis treatment from fat buster drugs
Biomaterials : 12 June, 2006
Tuberculosis is returning to haunt the UK and Europe as the bacterium that causes it becomes resistant to more and more of the drugs doctors use to treat it. Now researchers have found a potential new target for treatments in fatty molecules attached to the microbe's cell walls, the Society for General Microbiology heard today at its 157th Meeting at Keele University, UK.
 
Chlamydia could cause chronic heart disease
Biomaterials : 04 April, 2006
A common bacterium best known for sore throats and bronchitis may play a role in heart disease and strokes, according to detective work by Washington-based pathobiologists announced at the Society for General Microbiology's 158th Meeting at the University of Warwick, UK.
 
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