Apoena Biotech Debuts Sustainable Personal Care Resource in Brazil
Ideal for applications in the cosmetic, toiletry and fragrance sector
Apoena Biotech recently debuted its sustainable bioprospecting project Blue Amazon, which allows access to unexplored microorganisms with biotechnological potential, according to the company.
This enables the expansion of innovative and environmentally responsible product lines for applications in the cosmetic, toiletry and fragrance sectors and also other markets through biotechnology, generating alternatives for the replacement of traditional non-sustainable raw materials and processes, favoring long-term continuity and profitability to the business, said the company.
Location in Brazil
Renowned for its rich biological diversity and high degree of conservation of species, the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha becomes one of the ideal places for prospecting samples of microorganisms with effective biotechnological potential. Once isolated and cultivated, these microorganisms can be easily replicated on a large scale for the production of compounds of interest, besides allowing constantly renewed stocks.
"This was the key aspect for the start of Apoena Biotech's sustainable bioprospecting activities in July 2022," says Bruno Carillo, Chief Operating Officer. "By choosing Noronha as the archipelago representing Blue Amazon, we value and boost the development of Brazilian biotechnology from one of the richest ecosystems in the world, enabling the creation of unique sustainable products that help preservation, opening new opportunities for the development of innovative solutions."
Sustainable bioprospecting favors access to unexplored microorganisms with biotechnological potential, just as biotechnology is capable of generating alternatives for the replacement of traditional non-sustainable raw materials and processes, favoring long-term continuity and profitability to the business, said the company.
Marine Bank for Biotech Potential
From the collection of biodiversity samples in the Blue Amazon, Apoena Biotech began developing a marine bacteria bank with biotechnological potential for supporting the creation of products in different markets. However, its initial screening plans are focused on applications for the personal care industry, said the company.
The request for authorization for the collection of biological material in the Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, by Apoena Biotech, was granted via SISBIO (Biodiversity Authorization and Information System) and approved by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), a government agency under special regime linked to the Ministry of the Environment and member of the National Environment System (Sisnama), said the company.