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Detoxificación de toxinas naturales en sustancias líquidas

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20190227001
Publicado:
01/03/2019
Caducidad:
01/03/2020
Resumen:
Una universidad española ha desarrollado un método de detoxificación de líquidos contaminados con toxinas naturales (micotoxinas, ficotoxinas, cianotoxinas) basado en el uso de nanopartículas magnéticas que retienen las toxinas y eliminan después del líquido. Esta tecnología es rápida y económica, se aplica en la industria agroalimentaria o en tratamientos de agua y ha sido validada en entornos relevantes. El método es capaz de atrapar una amplia variedad de toxinas en líquidos como cerveza, vino, leche, agua, etc. y encapsular las toxinas en nanopartículas magnéticas que se eliminan posteriormente de la sustancia. La tecnología también puede adaptarse para eliminar otras sustancias químicas o para procedimientos de extracción. La universidad busca socios con el fin de establecer acuerdos de licencia y comercializar la tecnología.

Details

Tittle:
Detoxification of natural toxins in liquid substances
Summary:
A Spanish university has developed a method for the detoxificacion of liquids contaminated with natural toxins (mycotoxins, phycotoxins, cyanotoxins) based on the use of magnetic nanoparticles that retain the toxins and afterwards are removed from the liquid. The technology is fast and cheap and can be applied in agrofood industry or in water treatments. It was validated in relevant environments. The team is looking for a license agreement with entities able to commercialise the technology.
Description:
The existence of contaminants in water or beverages may involve a risk to human and animal health. Thus, their presence must be kept at levels that are tolerable from a toxicological point of view. Sensitive methods for toxin detection and effective decontamination are therefore needed to eliminate or reduce their presence.
Toxins such as mycotoxins, phycotoxins and cyanotoxins are the largest group of natural contaminants (of biological origin, produced by microorganisms) that most frequently appear in water or in the food chain.
Current detoxification methods regarding mycotoxins typically use quenching (adsorption, chelating or sequestering) agents based on their ability to form complexes with them, reducing mycotoxin absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. These methods have a questionable effectiveness since they do not remove toxins from the contaminated raw materials. Likewise, quenching methods for cyanotoxins are used, based on coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, chlorination, ultraviolet irradiation or filtration through different filters, especially activated charcoal or aluminum sulphate. At present there is no effective detoxification method for marine toxins.
The detoxification of contaminated food, feed, or beverages is thus very desirable and important for human and animal health.
A Spanish university has developed a highly effective method able to trap a wide range of natural toxins (such as mycotoxins, phycotoxins and cyanotoxins) existing in a liquid environment such as beer, wine, milk, water, etc. and encapsulate them in magnetic nanoparticles that are afterwards easily removed from the substance. The technology has been successfully tested in relevant environment.
The technology is quick, safe and cheap with no need of new equipments´ installations. It can also be adapted to remove other chemical substances or for extraction procedures.
The university would like to sign a license agreement with a partner interested in commercialise this technology to agrofood or water treatment companies.
Advantages and Innovations:
The main difference in relation to other technologies is that by using this method the toxins don´t remain in the product but are eliminated from the liquid in question.

Other innovative advantages can be summarized as follows:

· Quick and secure detoxificacion method
· Allows to remove a large number of toxins
· Very fast and unexpensive
· No equipment necessary
· Adaptable to remove other chemicals and also in extraction procedures
Stage of Development:
Field tested/evaluated
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The university is looking for a partner with contacts in beverage sector (beer, wine, milk, water, etc.) or from the field of water treatment that would like to sign a license agreement with the aim of further commercialise the technology.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
10004004 Agua potable
08003 Micro y nanotecnologías relacionadas con la alimentación
08002002 Microbiología / toxicología / control de calidad de alimentos
08002003 Métodos de producción seguros
08001001 Tecnologías para bebidas