Soft nanoparticles, hard science & the path from discovery to commercialization

Phytoglycogen nanoparticles are highly-branched polymers of glucose that are produced as soft, compact nanoparticles by sweet corn. Properties such as softness, porosity and mechanical integrity, combined with nontoxicity and biodegradability, make phytoglycogen nanoparticles ideal for applications involving the human body, ranging from skin moisturizing and rejuvenation agents in personal care formulations to functional therapeutics in biomedicine. I will describe our path from the initial serendipitous discovery of the particles, to the characterization of their structure, hydration, mechanical and binding properties, to the commercialization of this emerging, sustainable nanotechnology by our spin-off company Mirexus Biotechnologies.

Date

November 20, 2019

Time

4:00 p.m.

Location

Engineering QUAD / A224