Remember Me Don't have an account? Register Forgotten password? Reset it
The web site of Personal Care Magazine

Marine microbe agreement swells biodiversity pool

A Scottish marine biotechnology firm has joined forces with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in a bid to discover innovative and high-value products from microorganisms.

Scientists from Aquapharm Biotechnology are to be given exclusive commercial access to a selection of Australian marine microbes in the AIMS Bioresources Library. Aquapharm believes the deal will lead to the discovery of useful new active ingredients for use in pharmaceutical, nutritional and personal care products. Jon Williams, VP commercial at Aquapharm, explained: “AIMS is among the world’s top specialist research institutions, and it has cultivated a sizeable collection of marine microorganisms from Australia’s unique marine territory. This territory spans an immense 16 million square kilometres, leading to high biodiversity and the potential for novel microbes and their products. “Aquapharm has signed an agreement with AIMS that grants us exclusive commercial access to a select range of these organisms for testing and development, with the option to conclude an exclusive licence agreement for commercialisation if they are found to be suitable. “We are optimistic that this opportunity to screen an even wider variety of microorganisms from a diverse range of habitats and organisms will complement the efforts made to date in mining our own collection, and help us to discover some exciting new products which could ultimately find their way into anything from advanced medicines to toiletries.” Under the terms of this deal, Aquapharm will invest its specialist expertise to culture and screen a range of these microbes. If the Scottish firm finds an extract among these with commercial potential, it may negotiate a royalty fee to AIMS in exchange for commercialisation rights.

 

 

Other news

Suppliers' Day update

Fat fighting active

Upcoming Events

PCHi 2017

Guangzhou Poly World Trade Center, China
21 – 23 February 2017

in-cosmetics Global 2017

ExCeL, London
4 - 6 April 2017

NYSCC – Suppliers' Day 2017

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York
2 - 3 May 2017

CITE Japan 2017

PACIFICO Yokohama
31 May - 2 June 2017

in-cosmetics Korea 2017

Coex, Seoul
20 - 22 June 2017

Latest Issue

Personal Care Magazine

Personal Care Magazine

Nov 2016

Register now to apply for regular copies of Personal Care Magazine and free access to premium content, as well as our regular newsletters.

Personal Care Europe

Personal Care Europe

Nov 2016

Sustainability: “The Long Game”

Register now to apply for regular copies of Personal Care Europe and free access to premium content, as well as our regular newsletters.

Personal Care Language

Personal Care Language

Jun 2016

그린테크: 변화하는 세계의 길목에서

Register now to apply for regular copies of Personal Care Language and free access to premium content, as well as our regular newsletters.