Published On: Mon, Mar 7th, 2016

Melodea Wins Nanotechnology Innovation of the Year Award at NanoIsrael 2016

Melodea develops environmentally-friendly, nano-crystalline cellulose based products from side streams of the paper industry

Dr. Shaul Lapidot,   Co-Founder and CEOof Melodea,   receives Nanotechnology Innovation of

Melodea Ltd., a developer of nano-crystalline cellulose based products, has won the Nanotechnology Innovation of the Year Award at the NanoIsrael 2016 conference.

Melodea developed a proprietary technology for the economically viable industrial-scale extraction of nano crystalline cellulose (NCC) from side streams of the paper industry and wood pulp.

In addition, the Company producing NCC based materials such as high oxygen barrier films for packaging, additives for packaging materials, water-based adhesives, paints and ecologically-friendly foams for composites, transportation and construction.

NCC generates much excitement due to its unique properties, and is considered the new high-tech material of the forest industry. It bears a huge promise as a green and safe alternative to fossil oil based materials. NCC is abundant, renewable and produced from waste of the paper industry. In Europe alone, eleven million tons of paper production waste is produced annually.

Future uses of NCC are expected to include production of high-performance reinforcing materials, biodegradable plastic bags and textiles; electrically conductive paper; new drug-delivery technologies; transparent flexible displays and even as part of the food industry.

Melodea was founded by Professor Oded Shoseyov and Dr. Shaul Lapidot both from the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem together with Mr. Tord Gustafsson, a Swedish industrialist and expert in the composites industry, as a spin-off of Yissum, the technology transfer company of the University.

The Company has a strategic collaboration with Holmen, a leading Swedish manufacturer in the forest based sector, which is also one of its major shareholders. The launch of Europe’s first NCC pilot facility, located in Sweden and based on the Melodea’s technology, is expected by the end of 2016.

NCC is produced by processing wood pulp, and is considered the new, environmentally-friendly and sustainable option for a variety of materials, including plastic and metal. NCC is transparent, strong, cost-effective, and safer than non-organic alternatives.

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