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Lactic-Acid-Producing Bacterial Strain

This technology has solved the problem of adding beneficial lactic-acid-producing bacteria (LAB) to both wet and dry foods that undergo processing with heat and pressure. The bacterial strain is able to withstand harsh manufacturing regimes including high- compression tableting, coating, highshear blending, and excessive heating. Previously, most LAB could be distributed only in refrigerated wet foods (such as yogurt) and less than 1% of it survived to reach the digestive tract. The new LAB strain delivers 200 times the beneficial bacteria to the digestive tract over current strains, and has been used in products for the treatment of the symptoms of lactose-intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, colitis, arthritis, psoriasis, and a number of other digestive problems. It also has been shown to strengthen the immune system, improve absorption of vitamins and minerals, aid in digestion generally, and displace harmful bacteria in the digestive tract.

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Database Interrelation Miner

The Interrelation Miner Methodology is a technology for multivariate statistical data analysis and outcome prediction (data mining) of either complex and/or multidimensional data sets, or of very small datasets based on statistical fuzzy set theory. This tool can be applied to any complicated data set with many samples or variables (e.g., micro array data), and provides results for small or incomplete data tables by using very simple decision rules with nonlinear data models. The Interrelation Miner has analyzed gas chromatography/mass spectrometry data and has provided up to 20% better prediction performance than compared approaches. Other possible applications include: microarrays, protein arrays, environmental data sets, food quality control, and quality control in general.

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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. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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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. Respond to this TechNeed at: Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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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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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. Get the complete report on this technology at Email: nasatech@yet2.com Phone: 781-972-0600

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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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