While exploring a sustainable way of producing amino acids, a research team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed a process that turns shells of crustaceans and wood waste into nutritional supplements and medicine. The team was led by Associate Professor Yan Ning and Assistant Professor Zhou Kang.
Part of NUS' Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department, the researchers "devised a method to turn shells from prawns and crabs into L-DOPA, a widely used drug to treat Parkinson's disease. A similar method can be used to convert wood waste to Proline, which is essential for the formation of healthy collagen and cartilage."
The push for waste-powered production has also been accelerating in the medical industry as everyone is looking for ways to "reduce reliance on the use of non-renewable fossil fuels and energy-consuming processes.
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Researchers Established a New Way for Producing Amino Acids
1. Sustainable Waste Conversion - The trend of converting waste materials into valuable products, such as nutritional supplements, presents disruptive innovation opportunities for industries focused on sustainability and waste management.
2. Alternative Sourcing of Raw Materials - The trend of using unconventional sources, like crustacean shells and wood waste, to produce essential components for medicine and nutrition opens up disruptive innovation opportunities for industries in pharmaceuticals and health supplements.
3. Renewable Energy Applications - The trend of utilizing waste materials, like crustacean shells and wood waste, to produce nutritional supplements and medicine highlights disruptive innovation opportunities for industries in renewable energy and bio-based products.
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3. Renewable Energy - The renewable energy industry can seize disruptive innovation opportunities by utilizing waste materials, like crustacean shells and wood waste, to generate bio-based products and contribute to a more sustainable future.