National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Methods Development in Natural Products Research (SBIR/STTR)

DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this NOSI is to support small businesses for stimulation of technological innovation in natural products research. For the purposes of this NOSI, natural products include prebiotic, probiotic, herbal, botanical, microbial, and animal sources as well as extracts or constituents derived from them. Natural products offer a diverse reservoir of biologically active components.…

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CO2 Experts

CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), is a colorless and odorless gas that occurs in nature and serves as source of carbon for photosynthesis in all plants and crops. “CO2 utilization” refers to the use of CO2 at concentrations above atmospheric levels, directly or as a feedstock in industrial or chemical processes, to produce valuable carbon-containing product. The…

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Aquaculture Expert

Aquaculture is a term that broadly applies to the cultivation of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic animals, seaweeds and other aquatic plants. Aquaculture production systems may operate within both freshwater and marine environments, and can also be totally self-contained on land. This production practice is used globally to grow widely consumed species categories such as carp,…

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Organic Synthesis

Organic chemistry means the chemistry associated with any molecule that contains at least one carbon atom.  The term “organic synthesis” is can be considered synonymous with the term organic chemistry, but more commonly means the chemistry that is specifically performed to synthesize a product molecule from starting smaller starting reagent molecules.  As organic chemistry involves…

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Anaerobic Digestion Expert

What is an anaerobic digestion expert? Anaerobic digestion is the natural process in which microorganisms break down organic materials.  In this instance, “organic” means coming from or made of plants or animals.  Anaerobic digestion happens in closed spaces where there is no air (or oxygen).  The initials “AD” may refer to the process of anaerobic…

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Polypropylene Experts

Polypropylene experts are those who work with this second most widely produced thermoplastic (after polyethylene) and is manufactured using chain growth polymerization via Zigler-Natta catalysis.  The global market for polypropylene is expected to be $156B by the year 2026.  Polypropylene has a melting point that ranges between 130 to 171 deg.C, depending upon crystallinity and…

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Biofuels Investment 2020

Where is biofuels investment in 2020? According to the IEA (2020), biofuels investment fell to its lowest level in a decade in 2019. The Paris Agreement calls to limit the rise in global temperatures.  Advanced liquid biofuels play a major role in meeting that goal.   Global production of liquid biofuels is currently around 130 billion…

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Assessing Biotechnology Feasibility

Assessing Biotechnology Feasibility.  As new and exciting biotechnologies continue to arrive in the marketplace, funding sources (investors, lenders, venture capitalists, etc.) continue to be faced with some difficult decisions.  Those seeking funding seem to always believe that their technology is the best on the market, and offers many benefits not found elsewhere.  Sometimes this is…

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