Sustainable production of hypoallergenic latex in North America

Date: March 10, 2022 2:00 pm (ET)

Speaker(s)

  • Anvar Buranov
    Nova-BioRubber Green Technologies Inc.
Anvar Baranov

Abstract

Domestic and sustainable latex can be produced from the annual rubber plant Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) in North America. It takes only 4 months to grow TKS. TKS contains up to 24% latex/biorubber and 40% inulin. Domestic production of latex from TKS can save a lot of transportation costs and provide thousands of job opportunities in agriculture, processing and manufacturing of latex products.

NovaBioRubber has produced and tested latex and biorubber from TKS. Third-party evaluation results are available and will be discussed. Preclinical tests indicate latex from TKS is hypoallergenic.  Hypoallergenic latex can be used for the production of medical gloves, catheters, condoms, latex mattresses, pillows, toys etc.  Solid biorubber and inulin are also produced for manufacturing rubber and food products.

The goal of any processing technology is to extract biorubber and latex as pure as possible at a lower cost without altering the quality. Some processes cause significant physical and chemical changes in the quality of biorubber. Production of high-quality biorubber at lower cost is critical in order to produce affordable biorubber for various applications. Also, the environmental impact of these technologies should be carefully evaluated before choosing a process for commercial activities. NovaBioRubber has already developed and patented a “green” extraction process and proprietary processing equipment for biorubber extraction from rubber-bearing plants.

Currently, Nova-BioRubber is conducting field trials to grow TKS on various farms in British Columbia, Canada.  Biorubber content in TKS plants is reaching 17% after growing just 4 months.

It is important to choose the right climate and the right farm for good yields.

National Research Council Canada tested green biorubber extraction process, prototype equipment, and TKS plants grown in Canada for 8 months. Latex from TKS has also been tested extensively and confirmed to be safe due to the lowest amounts of antigenic proteins similar to lettuces.

The third-party evaluation reports are available from the National Research Council Canada and Akron Rubber Development Labs. The results will be discussed.

Dr. Buranov is President/CEO and Founder for Nova-BioRubber Green Technologies Inc.

Dr. Buranov has 18 years of R&D and management experience with industrial crops, including 15 publications and 2 patents. More than 15 years of this experience has been devoted to rubber-bearing plants. In 2002, Dr. Buranov was awarded a research grant by the US Civilian R&D Foundation to study rubber-bearing plants that resulted in the Program of Excellence in National Rubber Alternatives (PENRA) in Ohio, USA.

Dr.Buranov holds MSc in Organic chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Dr. Buranov has 3 years of postdoctoral experience from Pacific Agri-Food Research Center in Summerland, BC, Canada (Supervisor – Dr. G. Mazza).

Dr. Buranov managed numerous R&D projects and development contracts in Canada including from the prestigious federal Build-in-Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). Dr. Buranov has been awarded Schildroth Innovation Award in 2011.  Dr. Buranov won the Materials Innovation Award at Med Tech Innovation Awards 2019 in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Buranov actively collaborated with National Research Council Canada on testing its products and hypoallergenicity of biolatex. Dr. Buranov has proven the hypoallergenicity of TKS latex via independent tests by third parties.  Third-party evaluation reports are available upon request.