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
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
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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