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Eurostars 240322 - Icelandic SME is looking for a partner to further research orthosilicic acid in geothermal silica in order to research the bioavailability and the ratio of orthosilicic acid

Country of Origin: Iceland
Reference Number: RDIS20211101001
Publication Date: 22 December 2021

Summary

An Icelandic SME, a pioneer in the extraction of natural silica minerals from geothermal water used to produce certified natural health products (food supplements) is looking for partners  for a Eurostars grant application. The research focuses on orthosilicic acid in geothermal silica in order to research the bioavailability and the ratio of orthosilicic acid (OSA)
The partnership sought is a research cooperation agreement to participate in Eurostars.

Description

The Icelandic R&D company has great experience with extracting natural silica minerals from geothermal water and production of natural health products. The company uses advanced technology and minerals found in Iceland's volcanic earth to produce natural and pure food supplements for daily intake. 

The Eurostars project is aimed at better understanding the geothermal silica, and will be used for further research, such as clinical trials on the effects of geothermal silica on the body. By researching the bioavailability of geothermal silica, a contribution is made towards understanding the benefits of natural silica. Research on bioavailability will be done with a small to medium clinical trial. The analysis will be conducted in a lab, where the ratio will be determined. When the ratio has been determined a research will be conducted on possibilities of isolating the orthosilicic acid and by doing so increase the ratio of orthosilicic acid in the products.

The partner sought should have expertise and experience within inorganic chemistry and bioavailability science. Partner could be a University or a research center, eligible for a Eurostars grant in their country, that would assist with measuring the orthosilicic acid in a liquid product and help develop methods to stabilize the liquid so it will be possible to increase the OSA.

Advantages and Innovations

The company is well established in the Icelandic market and has a proven track record within the field of mineral supplements. The company uses its own unique technology developed for the production of the supplements. 
The important role of nutrition on health and well-being, needs to be continually assessed. Awareness of a healthy lifestyle has been greatly improving in the recent years, and demand for natural products and ingredients has increased.
The research results could be of great interest for the scientific community, increasing the knowledge on behavior of Silica and controlling its stability.

Expertise sought

Field of expertise and experience should be within Inorganic Chemistry in Europe and bioavailability science.

Stage Of Development

Proposal under development

Requested partner

The partnership sought is a research cooperation agreement to participate in Eurostars, partners need to be eligible for Eurostars funding in their country. 
Preferred partner is a University or a research center that could assist with measuring the Orthosilicic acid in a liquid product and assist if developing methods to stabilise the liquid so it is possible to increase the OSA.
Field of expertise and experience should be within Inorganic Chemistry in Europe and bioavailability science.

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