Antimicrobial Emulsification Agent for Personal Care, Pharmaceutical, and Food Products
|Sugar esters have multiple common uses in fields diverse as personal care and cosmetic, food, and pharmaceutical industries. The U.S. personal care industry alone generates $50 billion in annual sales revenue. With the discovery of a novel lactose-derived ester, Utah State University (USU) now introduces an exciting new player to the field of sugar esters. Researchers at USU have successfully developed a method of synthesizing and purifying novel lactose esters. The novel lactose esters are useful as emulsifying and microbial inhibitory agents. Uses as emulsifiers may include personal care products as well as food products. Additionally, the use of lactose esters as microbial inhibitory agents may be applied in medical, personal care, or food products to protect against harmful microorganisms. The esters are synthesized from lactose, a readily available and cost-effective starting material, using a method that is also patent pending. USU is seeking a commercial partner interested in exploiting the potential of the novel lactose esters.|
||Features and Benefits|
|Novel lactose esters synthesized from lactose, using any of four different immobilized lipases in three different organic solvents, and demonstrating usefulness as emulsification agents and antimicrobial agents.|
A novel lactose ester has been synthesized and purified, and demonstrated to have antimicrobial activity.
GRAS approval may be needed for food product uses
|US Patent Pending|
Senior Commercialization Associate