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Ciba, Biosignal target biofilms

April 10, 2006 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 84, ISSUE 15

Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Australia's Biosignal will develop antimicrobial products based on Biosignal's antibiofilm technology. Ciba will have an exclusive license to the technology in markets including plastics, coatings, paints, fibers, and paper products. The formation of biofilms in many industrial environments can lead to fouling, corrosion, and material degradation. Biosignal's technology is based on a discovery that the Eastern Australian seaweed Delisea pulchra produces natural furanones that disable bacterial ability to colonize.

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