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Costa Rican researchers work for the commercialization of a patent related to blackberries

By IDeas trademarks & patents - 08/03/2019
Costa Rican researchers work for the commercialization of a patent related to blackberries

The University of Costa Rica (UCR) is working towards the commercialization of a patent related to ellagitannins of blackberries, which may help to reduce several health diseases worldwide. “Antioxidants of blackberries can improve the health of patients and we are analyzing how they can be used in the current and future treatments of several diseases”, said Fernando Morales, a researcher at UCR’s health institute.

A report by Semanario Universidad informed that last year the UCR patented in Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States the process of extracting ellagitannins from Costa Rican blackberries. Ellagitannins are a type of polyphenol contained in high levels in Costa Rican blackberries, which contribute to antioxidant capacity and other biological activities: anticancer, antiateroesclerotic, antimicrobial and cholesterol and triglyceride lowering capacities were some of the properties of ellagitannins reported by the UCR in its patent application. Ellagitannins may also mitigate some of the effects of the myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), an inherited type of muscular dystrophy that affects the muscles and other body systems.

Now the UCR is in the process of finding partners interested in commercializing the patent. "The patent gives us the opportunity to have a greater impact in the socio-productive sector of Costa Rica, create synergies with other organizations and carry out linkages from primary production to industries such as agriculture”, said Manuel Flores, innovation manager at UCR’s innovation department. “It would allow to increase competitiveness at a national level”, he concluded.

By IDeas trademarks & patents - 08/03/2019
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