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Technologies | Melanin from sponge associated bacteria

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The Director,
CSIR - National Institute of Oceanography (NIO),
Dona Paula, Goa, INDIA - 403004
Tel: +91 832-2450200, Fax: +91 832-2450602,
Email: director@nio.org, www.nio.org

IPR Status Patent / Copyright / Trademark Secured in India / Abroad IPR Details
Patent to be filed
Application / Uses

Non cytotoxic UV protectant with application in many products including sun screens, sunglasses, computer screens, tannin agents and organic dyes and biocompatible electronics

Salient Technical Features including Competing Features
  • The sponge associated bacterium produces melanin extracellular at a concentration of 50 mgml^-1.
  • The melanin is non cytotoxic to animal cells up to a concentration of 200 ppm while showing antioxidant activities at 2.5 ppm
Level/Scale of Development
Lab level studies
Environmental Considerations
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Status of Commercialization
Exploring commercialization possibilities with the help of CSIR-Tech Pvt. Ltd.
Major Raw Materials to be Utilized
Bacterial culture medium
Major Plant Equipment and Machinery Required
Not known as no scale up studies were performed
Techno-Economics
Production can be enhanced using large scale fermentors. Extracellular production may facilitate easy separation. Economically feasible
Technology Package
  • Potential microbial strain and process knowhow


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