Production of sunscreen and antioxidant compounds in yeast

Summary

 

Technology Description

 

This technology provides a new avenue for production of UV-protective gadusol, which can be used in novel, natural product-based sunscreens and cosmetic formulations. Production may be carried out in bacterial or yeast strains. In laboratory tests, gadusol produced by the engineered microbes displays UV-protective activity. The engineered microbes may be used for large-scale and environmentally friendly production of gadusol for commercial use.

 

Features & Benefits

 

  • Provides methods for producing a natural product based sunscreen
  • Can be produced in a wide variety of bacterial and yeast strains
  • Reduces need for controversial nanoparticles in sunscreen to protect skin

 

Applications

 

  • Sunscreen in any form: lotion, spray, etc.
  • Cosmetics
  • Antioxidants

 

Background of Invention

 

Health problems related to sun exposure are on the rise. Unfortunately, consumers’ choices in sunscreens remain limited, especially for formulations derived from naturally- occurring sun-protective compounds. One such compound, gadusol, is a promising UV-protective compound commonly found in marine fish. To address the need for new, natural sunscreen components, researchers at Oregon State University have developed a method for production of gadusol in genetically-engineered microbes.

 

 

Status

 

Patent Pending

 

Patent Information:
Tech ID:
OSU-14-45
Category(s):
Therapeutics
Contact:
Joe Christison
IP & Licensing Manager
Oregon State University
541-737-9016
joe.christison@oregonstate.edu
Inventors:
Taifo Mahmud
Alan Bakalinsky
Keywords:
Chemicals / Chemical Engineering
Dietary Supplement
Food Science / Nutrition
Microbiology
natural product
sunscreen
Supplement
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