US announces academia-industry partnership for developing nutritious liquid F&B products

25 February 2021 | News

PBI and Ohio State have announced the formation of a food industry consortium Image source: Shutterstock Image source: Shutterstock

Pressure BioSciences, Inc., a leader in the development and sale of broadly enabling, pressure-based instruments, consumables, and platform technology solutions to the worldwide biotechnology, biotherapeutics, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, agriculture, and food & beverage industries, has announced it has entered into a wide-ranging agreement with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University (Ohio State). 

Under the Agreement, bench-top and floor model test systems of PBI's patented Ultra Shear Technology (UST) platform for the high shear processing of liquids under controlled temperature and pressure conditions will be set up in the acclaimed Ohio State food pilot plant.

To help introduce the potential of the UST platform for strategic innovation to global food companies, PBI and Ohio State have announced the formation of a food industry consortium, whose members will have access to the UST test systems in the pilot plant, as well as licensing rights to the UST platform.  The Consortium is the result of a research initiatially sponsored by the USDA NIFA for which Ohio State and PBI gratefully acknowledge their support.

The primary goals of the Consortium are to develop and improve new commercial applications of UST; help develop the scientific support needed to address possible regulatory issues and to experience first-hand UST product development and pre-commercialization efforts. The Consortium will be open to food companies worldwide.

Research studies suggest that under ultra-shear conditions, unique microbiological, textural, sensory, and other benefits are possible. These benefits can lead to safer, higher quality, and more nutritious consumer-friendly "clean-label" liquid foods and beverages. 

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