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]

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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