Analytics and RDI services for the natural products sector and bioeconomy
Research services are produced for the natural products sector with the innovation platform via projects or direct business-funded services: analytics for determining the consistency and activity of raw materials, and development of processing methods for refining active ingredients in order to improve the degree of processing of natural products and enabling the raising of the value chain in the sector in domestic production.
The research promotes the manufacture of new, safe and active natural products, e.g. for the cosmetics, dietary supplement, food, and drinks industries. Depending on the funding source, the service is primarily aimed at natural products businesses in Kainuu and/or Finland and other organisations and research institutes that can utilise the results.
Highly diverse laboratory equipment for chemical analysis, research of active materials, and processing. Analytics: With UHPLC-MSMS, GS-MSD, GC-FID, HPLC – DAD, FD and RI detectors, 3 sets of CE equipment (one of which is suitable for on-line/site use), 2 sets of NIR equipment, 2 flow cytometers. Processing and extraction: Soxhlet, Ultrasound extraction, 2 sets of SFE equipment, spray drying and freeze drying, and two sets of membrane filtration equipment. Microbiology and fermentation: 2 fermentors B. Braun Biotech (30 L and 4 x 1L), Bioscreen C MBR equipment for automatic monitoring of microbe growth curves, optical and fluorescence microscopes, and qPCR for quantitative real-time PCR analysis.
University of Oulu, Measurement technology research unit
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