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Olive and Olive Oil Spinoffs in the Pipeline

Nov. 25, 2012
Julie Butler

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A weight loss drug, bioac­tive food pack­ag­ing, age-defy­ing cos­met­ics, green energy, and even olive oil-impreg­nated fab­rics are among poten­tial prod­ucts related to olives and olive oil under devel­op­ment.

Here are some projects seek­ing seek­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ners.

Appetite sup­pres­sion

Pos­si­ble treat­ments for health prob­lems includ­ing eat­ing dis­or­ders, obe­sity and heart dis­ease are pro­posed by three pub­lic research orga­ni­za­tions in Spain.

They say they have devel­oped deriv­a­tives of the phe­nols in olive oil with pro­longed abil­ity to reduce appetite — and even up to 50 per­cent in food intake — in in vivo tests.

They seek a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal or biotech com­pany as a part­ner for the devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of the tech­nol­ogy, includ­ing for clin­i­cal tri­als and tech­nol­ogy licens­ing. [ilink url=“http://www.seimed.eu/vlx/services/enquire.asp?id=12%20ES%2028G2%203PFL&EnquiryType=BBS” icon=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/external.png”] Read more[/ilink]

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From olive pomace to bioac­tive food pack­ag­ing

A French research insti­tute is look­ing for a new con­sor­tium mem­ber to develop bioac­tive food pack­ag­ing trays made from olive pomace.

Olive by-prod­ucts have anti-micro­bial prop­er­ties, it says, and the project aims at cap­i­tal­iz­ing on them with new bio­ma­te­ri­als includ­ing film and trays to pack­age food.

Pomace is the waste from olive oil extrac­tion and con­tains mate­r­ial such as skin, pulp and stones. [ilink url=“http://www.enterpriseeuropenetwork.nl/totrpublic/view/1316838” icon=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/external.png”] Read more[/ilink]

Olive oil-‘infused’ fab­ric

Adding value to its fab­rics by coat­ing or padding them with sub­stances such as olive oil, aloe vera, argan oil and neg­a­tive ions is the goal of a lead­ing inter­na­tional tex­tile com­pany.

It wants to dif­fer­en­ti­ate via afford­able prod­ucts with well-being and anti-stress ben­e­fits.

It seeks a part­ner with exper­tise in the nec­es­sary tech­nolo­gies, which must be com­pat­i­ble with use of flame retar­dant chem­i­cals. Washa­bil­ity is a plus, not a must, it says. [ilink url=“http://www.eenbasque.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&ide=32431&id=192&Itemid=223” icon=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/external.png”] Read more[/ilink]

Anti-age­ing cos­met­ics

Cos­metic prod­ucts based on the anti-age­ing prop­er­ties of oleu­ropein and other extracts from Koroneiki olive oil are pro­posed by two Greek research teams with exper­tise in mol­e­c­u­lar and cel­lu­lar age­ing.

They would like to col­lab­o­rate with nat­ural cos­met­ics man­u­fac­tur­ers and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies in order to use their patented tech­nol­ogy in new prod­ucts.

The key to the anti-aging effect lies in the impact of the Koroneiki extracts and oleu­ropein on what is called pro­tea­some activ­ity in fibrob­lasts, our most com­mon con­nec­tive tis­sue cells. [ilink url=“http://www.seimed.eu/vlx/services/enquire.asp?id=12%20GR%2049Q1%203PJW&EnquiryType=BBS” icon=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/external.png”] Read more[/ilink]

Olive oil waste for renew­able energy

The effi­ciency of using olive oil waste to pro­duce heat and elec­tric power in areas such as small Mediter­ranean towns and vil­lages is part of a pro­posal for joint fund­ing by the Greek and Israeli gov­ern­ments.

Untreated waste from olive oil extrac­tion has been a big envi­ron­men­tal prob­lem but a Greek com­pany is seek­ing part­ners to study the advan­tages of using this bio­mass for energy.

Gen­er­a­tors could thus pro­vide power for both olive oil pro­cess­ing and a con­sid­er­able num­ber of nearby homes, it believes. [ilink url=“http://www.enterpriseeuropenetwork.nl/totrpublic/view/1306121” icon=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/external.png”] Read more[/ilink]

Rapid, reli­able authen­tic­ity test

Afford­able, fast, non-inva­sive and reli­able ana­lyt­i­cal method­olo­gies are urgently needed by small and medium-sized (SME) food busi­nesses, says a Span­ish agro­food tech­nol­ogy cen­ter.

It is part of a a wider Euro­pean project con­sor­tium and seeks SMEs involved in vir­gin olive oil pro­duc­tion to pro­vide sam­ples on which to test the use of ion mobil­ity spec­trom­e­try (IMS) to dif­fer­en­ti­ate vir­gin from lower qual­ity olive oils. [ilink url=“http://www.enterprise-europe-network.ec.europa.eu/src/matching/templates/completerec.cfm?bbs_id=173721” icon=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/external.png”] Read more[/ilink]

Organic com­post from olive oil waste­water

A Greek uni­ver­sity has devel­oped a fer­til­izer from olive oil by-prod­ucts that has no unpleas­ant smell and is said to be ideal for organic cul­ti­va­tion includ­ing of olives, grapes, fruit and pota­toes.

The by-prod­ucts used include olive stones, leaves and veg­e­ta­tion liq­uids. The fer­til­izer con­tains no weed seeds or plant pathogens from soil because just the upper parts of olive trees are used, it says.

Licens­ing agree­ments with olive oil mills are sought. [ilink url=“http://profielen.enterpriseeuropenetwork.nl/totrpublic/view/1252237” icon=”/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/external.png”] Read more[/ilink]


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