An invention that can be used in the production of probiotics has received a patent from the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland. A team of scientists from the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology at the University of Gdańsk and the Medical University of Gdańsk worked on the project ‘Reagent for the protection of microorganisms in the lyophilisation process’.
The team developed a new freeze-drying reagent that uses a plant-derived substance, which is many times cheaper, as a substitute for bovine serum albumin. The modification not only significantly reduces the cost of the preparation, but also makes it more humane due to the reagent being devoid of zoonotic components.
The invention can be used in particular in the production of probiotics, protection of beneficial microorganisms in technological processes and as a reagent stabilising the viability of microorganisms in the developed preparations during their long-term storage and transport.