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Merck KGaA announces Elevian, an early-stage biotechnology firm in Allston, Massachusetts, as winner of the 2021 Advance Biotech Grant Program; Elevian's innovative recombinant protein has potential to accelerate stroke recovery

Valneva announces its inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate neutralizes Omicron variant in Phase 1/2 trial; 100% of participants showed antibodies against ancestral virus and Delta variant, 87% had antibodies against Omicron

Airstream conducts wind tunnel test in Indianapolis in effort to improve design by mitigating turbulence between tow vehicle and travel trailer; study shows 28-foot Airstream trailer has 25% less aerodynamic drag than 35-foot trailer from a leading brand

Winnebago introduces all-electric concept motorhome at Florida RV Super Show in Tampa, Florida, augmented by a Facebook event on Jan. 18; company says event marks a milestone after two years of development work

Bosch, Fraunhofer Institute show that recycled plastic is suitable material for dishwasher case bottoms and performs similarly to virgin plastic; based on figure of dishwasher production at 3 million/year, recyclate would save 2,500 tons/year of crude oil

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December 29, 2021

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Patents

WIPO shares Symrise patent application for fragrance mixtures comprising or consisting of a compound of formula and one or more fragrances having a green and/or flowery scent: Publication No. WO/2021/254628
U.S. Fed News (12/28)

WIPO posts Toyobo patent application for meltblown nonwoven fabric which is formed of a polymethylpentene: Publication No. WO/2021/256425
U.S. Fed News (12/28)

Daio Paper submits US patent application for home tissue paper accommodation container that includes a container body having an accommodation space: Application No. 17/280714
Packaging & Containers Patent News (12/28)

WIPO shares Stora Enso patent application for method of producing a glued wood product for use in construction: Publication No. WO/2021/255678
U.S. Fed News (12/28)

WIPO publishes L'Oreal patent application for cosmetic composition comprising a polyol and at least one polyglyceryl ester: Publication No. WO/2021/255260
U.S. Fed News (12/28)

WIPO publishes WestRock patent application for sustainable sealed package with biofoam molded tray and a paperboard substrate: Publication No. WO/2021/257599
U.S. Fed News (12/28)

WIPO publishes Kose patent application for skin wrinkle evaluation method in which a skin wrinkle index for a given person is estimated on basis of at least two values consisting of age value, measured skin brightness value: Publication No. WO/2021/256339
U.S. Fed News (12/28)

Research and Development

Supplementation with vitamin D could slow the biological aging process, according to research conducted in Germany; supplementation could also reverse the impacts associated with vitamin D deficiency
Health & Medicine Business Daily (12/28)

WIPO shares L'Oreal patent application for gelled composition comprising a short-chain fatty acid salt; invention relates to cosmetic composition, in particular for caring for keratin materials, in particular the skin: Publication No. WO/2021/255200
U.S. Fed News (12/28)

WIPO posts Henkel patent application for method for dyeing keratinous material, in particular human hair, comprising use of organosilicon compound, alkyl(poly)glycoside, dyeing compound and post-treatment agent: Publication No. WO/2021/254688
U.S. Fed News (12/28)

Essity Hygiene and Health receives Australian patent for disposable wearable absorbent article: Application No. 2018438448
Australian Government (12/28)

K-C Worldwide's Australian patent for 'Absorbent article with non-integral side covers and non-integral wings' Ceases: Application No. 2015397131
Australian Government (12/28)

K-C Worldwide files Australian patent application for absorbent article: Application No. 2019445708
Australian Government (12/28)

Green Science Alliance to further research and develop Fukuoka University’s recycling technology via a license agreement; the technology recovers the mechanical strength of plastic waste by optimizing the re-pelletizing process
PR Newswire (12/28)

New Market/Market Expansion

Dickey’s Restaurant Brands opens its 700th location worldwide across all of its concepts, including Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Wing Boss, Big Deal Burger, Trailer Birds; company says growing popularity of each of its concepts is enabling fast-paced growth
RestaurantNews.com (12/28)

Teva's Israel unit enters medical cannabis market in an exclusive collaboration with Tikun Olam-Cannbit; Tikun will produce several medical cannabis products that are administered as oils, which Teva will market to patients in Israel and other countries
Cyprus Mail (12/28)

Subway is building its 242nd store in Colombia, expects to reach 250 stores in the country by end of 2022; company is also working to remodel almost 40 stores
La Republica (SABI English Language Abstracts) (12/28)

Chinese new energy solutions provider Ev Dynamics looks to expand internationally with proposed Nasdaq listing; firm recently entered North American market with e-platform chassis designed to work with electric, hydrogen vehicles such as buses and trucks
EV Dynamics (12/28)

Plant-based meat brand Jack & Annie's closes US$23M Series B capital raise, led by Creadev and Desert Bloom; brand will use funds to expand distribution in US across retail, natural, club, foodservice channels
Entertainment Close - Up (12/28)

Alkaline Water Co. announces its Alkaline88 products will launch at Maverik convenience stores, now available in over 370 locations across 12 western states; Maverik expansion further accelerates Alkaline88 convenience store strategy
Business Wire (12/28)

Music producer Jermaine Dupri's plant-based ice cream brand, JD's Vegan, to launch at 736 Walmart stores nationwide, on Walmart.com in January, will add additional 300 stores in spring; brand debuts three new dairy-free, all-natural flavors, now has six
PR Newswire (12/28)

Awards & Recognition

Minerva Labs wins 2021 CyberSecured Awards in the Remote Work category; company’s enterprise grade endpoint protection solution protects both managed (corporate) and unmanaged (BYOD) devices without compromising a user’s privacy
Business Wire (12/28)

STI Group wins bronze Superstar Award 2021 for a Bahlsen sweet biscuits display at a Frankfurt Airport pop-up event; the display is stackable, combines strong branding with high levels of stock, offers ample availability and accessibility from all sides
STI Group (12/28)

Hankook Tire & Technology wins 2021 Good Design Award for its SUV/LT tires Dynapro AT2 Xtreme, Dynapro XT, which were first unveiled in North American market last October
Contify Automotive News (12/28)

Material Substitution

Royal A-ware Food Group recently switches some if its cream products to Elopak’s Pure-Pak Mini cartons from plastic pots; the cartons are fully recyclable and support a low carbon circular economy, says Elopak official
Elopak AS (12/28)

 Bioeconomy

Biodegradable/Compostable Materials

Scientists develop biodegradable and antimicrobial food packaging that could extend shelf life of fresh fruit; the waterproof packaging is made from corn protein, starch and other biopolymers, plus antimicrobial compounds from thyme and citric acid
Nanyang Technological University (12/28)

California-based Gear Hugger launches plant-based, non-toxic, biodegradable, all-purpose lubricant; free of petroleum, fossil fuels, PTFE, lubricant is said to be safe to use around kids and pets and was selected by Amazon's coveted Launchpad program
Business Wire (12/28)

India-based CanvaLoop Fibre develops biodegradable fiber made from Himalayan hemp, other agricultural residues; objective is to make textile fiber utilizing agro-waste 'the standard clothing material by 2030'
Textile Value Chain (12/28)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Biomaterials no longer 'niche' as manufacturers see rapid rise in interest fueled by growing need of big corporations; investors are backing plant-based innovations and some experts think biobased materials could be adopted at mass scale within five years
dezeen (12/28)

 Sustainability

American Hygienics builds new factory in Pinghu city, China, powered with solar energy as part of its green goals; distributed photovoltaic power system supplies enough electricity for daytime manufacturing, contributes the rest back to the state grid
American Hygienics Corp. (12/28)

US government boosting bets on biofuels as 'critical strategy' for a clean energy future; but creating biofuels is not always carbon neutral and making way for land-heavy feedstock crops such as soybeans can lead to destruction of forests and prairies
Popular Science (12/28)

Quadpack publishes white paper that examines facts and misconceptions about wood in beauty packaging; the paper highlights sustainably managed forests, climate change mitigation, LCAs, Quadpack’s Woodacity wooden closure system
Quadpack Industries SA (12/28)

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