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New Zealand Company Makes Bioplastic From Bloodmeal
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Technology From Waikato University Spun Off To New Startup

By Sue Russell, Wintec journalism student SOURCE: Waikato Times

06/28/2011–Waikato University research engineers have pioneered a process which turns bloodmeal, a waste product from meat processing, into a type of plastic.

Senior lecturer Johan Verbeek led a team which developed a process where water and other elements are added to bloodmeal and turned into bioplastic, an environmentally friendly biodegradable and potentially highly versatile product.

The new product and process were unveiled as part of Waikato University’s seminar series at this year’s Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

In the process water and other elements are added to bloodmeal and then put through an extruder.

During the extrusion process the material softens and changes its internal chemistry form a bioplastic material.

Dr Verbeek said producing bio-based polymer from proteins carries problems which still have to be addressed, including the complexity of the production methods, the cost of production and ultimate price to consumers.

Waikato University’s intellectual property commercialisation company Waikato Link has formed a company called Novatein to commercialise Dr Verbeek’s research. New Zealand’s meat industry produces about 80,000 tonnes of bovine blood per year.

About Novatein
Novatein is a company formed by Waikato Link Limited, the technology transfer office of The University Of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Novatein’s technologies are the result of leading research conducted at The University of Waikato. Under the guidance of Dr Johan Verbeek. Novatein’s breakthrough process for manufacturing commercially useful plastic from animal protein sources offers a sustainable alternative to petroleum based plastic resins.


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