Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sweet corn enters nanotechnology market

Phil Whiting of Mirexus Boptechnologies Ltd. told the annual meeting of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies how the company is exploiting a nanotechnology discovery by a University of Guelph professor who found that phytoglycogen nanoparticles can be extracted from sweet corn.

That means they are a healthy, digestible, natural product.

His company has used them to make a skin cream and intends to soon be marketing them to drug companies who will use them to fight cancers from inside cancer cells.

Another market under development is as an ingredient in processed foods, serving as a natural food-colouring stabilizer and to deliver flavours and vitamins. He said a sporta nutrition product will be coming soon.