Insights from BCC Research

Probiotic Formula May Shrink Waistline in Overweight Adults

Posted by Clayton Luz on May 19, 2017 8:32:52 AM
The global nutraceutical market has grown exponentially in the last few years, partly due to an expanding probiotics market. The growing interest in fitness has increased awareness of nutraceuticals, which in turn, has grown acceptance of probiotic products among global consumers.
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Topics: Food and Beverage

Polymer Additive Could Revolutionize Plastics Recycling

Posted by Clayton Luz on May 11, 2017 12:24:09 PM

Researchers have developed a multiblock polymer that, when added in small amounts to a mix of the two otherwise incompatible polyolefins, creates a mechanically tough blend.

The researchers added a miniscule amount of their tetrablock (four-block) polymer to alternating segments of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP)—two incompatible plastics—creating a blend that reportedly has superior strength to the two-block polymers.

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Topics: Plastics

Synthetic Biology Aids Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Agriculture

Posted by Laurie L. Sullivan on May 10, 2017 10:55:08 AM

Synthetic biology, which combines the principles of computer science, engineering, and biology, has become established as an important discipline in the life sciences industry. As put by USC’s Leonardo Morsut: “Synthetic biology is…trying to bring the engineering approach of building things into biology.” In addition to its enormous potential for future applications, synthetic biology has significant near-term commercial opportunities. The list of new products and applications is growing. Applications include specialty chemicals, enzymes, synthetic genes and cells, as well as pharmaceuticals, agricultural seeds, vaccines, biofuels, and chassis microorganisms.

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Topics: Biotechnology, life

Wanted: Novel Agents to Trounce Multidrug-Resistant Fungi

Posted by Laurie L. Sullivan on May 9, 2017 7:51:49 PM

The battle cry against multidrug-resistant bacteria is loud and clear. Voices calling for novel antifungal agents are also rising, as fungi bolster the ranks of microbial infectious agents that are becoming increasingly drug resistant. Fungal infections are on the rise, many with lethal consequences. New proprietary research by BCC Research predicts that innovative antifungal drugs in development, along with a growing number of people with weakened immune systems and FDA fast-track provisions, are aiding growth in the global market for antifungal drugs. BCC Research expects the global market for antifungal drugs to reach $16.1 billion in 2021, up from $13.1 billion in 2016.

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Topics: Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals