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New Analgesic Actives

A company is looking for the next generation in analgesics. There are several fine analgesics on the market, both by prescription and over the counter, that vary in dosage load, dosage form, molecular size, speed of effectiveness, and side effects or toxicity (if any). New actives in the realm of analgesia are sought, and the form of their delivery is open. Certain aspects of the new analgesic are of particular interest, including speed of effectiveness, toleration, and (shelf-life) fragility.

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All-Natural Preservative

White mustard essential oil (WMEO) is an all-natural extract from white mustard seeds that delivers broad antimicrobial efficacy against bacteria, yeast, and mold, providing a natural and effective alternative to synthetic or artificial preservatives. WMEO has broad application in beverages, meats, poultry, salads, gravies, and sauces. Maltodextrin and white mustard essential oil are both listed in the Code of Federal Regulations as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) for use in food products.

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Up to Ten-Fold Production Increase for Deep, Heavy-Oil Fields

In oil field tests over 18 months, Direct Current Electrical Stimulation has shown up to a 10X increase in oil production for deep, heavy oil. The predominant method for recovering heavy oil is steam, but steam is limited to depths of 2,500 feet. There are no inherent depth limitations to Direct Current Electrical Stimulation. This patented technology — electrically enhanced oil recovery — uses direct current electricity to both heat and electrochemically upgrade the oil in situ, allowing for economical recovery.

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Pharmaceutical Processing Technologies

A company seeks a range of new processing and preparation technologies for use in pharmaceutical preparation. Such technologies may enhance current chemistry processes such as finer milling that leads to faster in-process reactions. Technologies may be applicable to a variety of pharmaceuticals after preparation, such as techniques for better tabletforming, encapsulation techniques, or techniques for preparation of non-traditional delivery mechanisms.

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Microwavable Packaging That Produces Authentic Grilled Foods

This organization wants to create authentic grilled foods in a home microwave oven with typical microwave food preparation times and convenience. Authentic grilled foods combine a slightly charred taste with a less fatty, cleaner feel, and the appearance of grill marks seared by high heat into the surface of the food. This need seeks to reproduce as closely as possible the texture and quality of perfectly grilled foods.

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Extraction of Betulin and Betulinic Acid from Birch Bark

NaturNorth has created bioactive compounds with potential applications in pharmaceutical, agricultural, and biocidal applications. The compounds have potential applications against HIV, MRSA, herpes, in anticancer treatments, and in anti-inflammatory, liver protection, and skin protection applications. The compounds are derived from betulin and betulinic acid, naturally occurring substances found in the bark of the birch tree. To obtain betulin and betulinic acid, NaturNorth developed cost-effective ways of extracting the substances from the bark (a low-cost renewable resource). There are three primary assets of value: An existing library of 1,000 proprietary, protected, and confidential compounds; the capability to export a “mine” of new potential compounds; and the source of low-cost production through extraction of betulin from birch bark and proprietary synthesis methods for derivatives.

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Non-Bitter Peptide

In a two-step process of hydrolyzation utilizing fungal proteases, mild peptide is extracted in such a way that it is free of the bitter taste and aftertaste of similar products. Mild peptide may be mixed with protein drinks and other products to increase the effectiveness of the protein through its amino acid profile and its high Protein Efficiency Ratio. The process of producing mild peptide also makes it non- allergenic, which means it can be used as a milk substitute in infant formulas and by anyone who is lactose-intolerant. Another benefit of the mild peptide production process is that the resultant protein retains its full nutritional value and is quickly absorbed to enhance performance and well-being.

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Low-Energy-Curing Technology

A company seeks new and/or advanced curing technologies to incorporate into metal packaging protective coating and decoration processes. Systems could include metal containers for aerosols, beverages, food products, and specialty packaging, all of which require external and/or internal protective coatings. Process improvement may be obtained by upgrading the efficiency of the existing thermal curing gas ovens or introducing new coating materials that can be cured more efficiently using the existing ovens.

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Inhibit or Deactivate Plant Enzymes

An organization wants to deactivate or otherwise interfere with the action of enzymes pectin methylesterase and polygalacturonase, which interfere with the processing of certain fruits by degrading fruit pectins. Initial processing of the whole fruit releases the enzymes and release continues during further processing. The release of the enzymes decreases the thickening power of the fruit solids. By deactivating the enzymes, especially without using heat, more of the fruit solids thickening power may be conserved during processing. Greater retention of pectin in its natural state may also provide added benefits in serum binding and overall consumer acceptance.

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Method of Driving a Field Emission Display

This technology makes possible Field Emission Displays (FEDs) and Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Displays (SEDs) that can use a variety of less expensive cathode materials and types. The technology adjusts the output of the cathodes by using a monitoring circuit between the cathode and the anode (the visible phosphors), overcoming the poor picture quality that can result from emitters operating at different levels of effectiveness. With this technology, almost any kind of cathodes can be used in making display panels that have image quality as good as display panels made from carbon nanotube (CNT) cathodes, thus reducing manufacturing costs.

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