“Mushroom spaceship” to escort probiotics


Mushroom cells can be utilized as "Mushroom spaceship" with super-hard outer walls can be induced. The "Mushroom spaceship" could protect fragile probiotics from heat and pressure so as to preserve them during food processing. Our technolgy provides more health benefits when people consume products with probiotics ingredients. The "Mushroom spaceship" itself could empower gut microbiome to losing weight and controlling the obesity.

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Commercialisation opportunities
IP licensing, Collaboration for product development, technology development in various application segments; Product distribution
Problem addressed

Probiotics are fragile during food processing. Our technology protects probiotics against damage from heat or pressure and enables different types of probiotics to be included in snacks, hot drinks and pet food to provide health benefits.

  • Fungal wall materials, not only protect probiotics inside the microcapsules, but also precisely promote Akkermansia richness in gut, which can repair gut barrier integrity, and reduce inflamation, metabolic disorders, also body weight.
  • Utilizing biochemical methods to precisely guide living mushroom cells growing in certain patterns and tracks, which forms a micro-cocoon-like structure outside the probiotics. The living cells will be induced to harden as walls of spores.
  • The natural tube-like structure of mushroom cells could act as insulator and buffer. Thus, the microcapsules of probiotics would survive in unfavorable conditions, under high-temperature or high-pressure.
Key impact
  • The technology could empower different kinds of probiotics sustaining in gut microbiome to deliver the benefits.
  • Silver Medal at the Special Edition 2022 Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days - Virtual Event
  • Gold award in The 6th China International College Students’ “Internet +” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
  • Silver award in “Challenge Cup” China College Students Entrepreneurship Competition
  • Bronze award for Community Entrepreneurs Cup - Guangdong Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition
  • Utilize the technology during hot drink, chocolate, candy or pet food processing to protect probiotics
  • Invent the AkkMore formula with fungus and plant based supplement against obesity and prediabetes
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