New Plant Based Benign Actives for Sun screen and Cosmetics Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945799
Agency Tracking Number: 0945799
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
211 WARREN ST STE 524B, NEWARK, NJ, 07103
DUNS: 802056379
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Namita Deo
 (973) 621-0800
Business Contact
 Namita Deo
Title: PhD
Phone: (973) 621-0800
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of plant-derived actives for sunscreen and other cosmetic applications. Recent research has raised concerns that the chemicals used in sunscreens and cosmetic products may be related to health problems, and their accumulation may also be an increasing threat to aquatic life. This research is focused on six plant extracts that have been shown to absorb UV light and scavenge free radicals 100 times better than currently available antioxidants. This feasibility study will include: i) isolation and identification of the active molecule(s) responsible for the beneficial properties; ii) investigation of the toxicity and stability of the molecule(s); and iii) identification of one or more active molecule(s) for use in all natural sunscreen/cosmetic products. The broader/commercial impact of this project, if successful, will be the availability of all natural sunscreen/cosmetics products devoid of negative side effects that synthetic analogs may bring. Commercial interest in effective natural sunscreen/cosmetic products have been validated with leading companies in cosmetics and personal care. Moreover, if successful, the increased scientific knowledge of natural extracts from this project may also find applications in nutraceuticals, and may contribute to cures and prevention of free radicals linked diseases. Industrial applications may also benefit from this work in applications such as UV stabilizer for polymers and pigments.

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