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WE ARE A NEW SEFIT CORPORATE PARTNER

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We are pleased to announce that from this month we are a corporate partner of the Spanish Society of Phytotherapy SEFIT, which brings together professionals from various fields working in the study and the therapeutic application of medicinal plants.

Being part of SEFIT helps us to promote our research and spread our work with medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) which aims not only to increase the therapeutic potential of various MAPs, but also to research and find new uses and therapeutic applications in order to promote population health.

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PROMISING RESULTS WITH OUR TRICOSTIMULANT™ ON BASIL PLANTS

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From our R&D department we are working to improve the quality and yield on diverse Medicinal & Aromatic plants (MAPs). TricoStimulant™ is a last-generation supplementary plant preparation that combines metabolic engineering and -omics tools especially formulated to enhance MAPs physiological properties.

After the success of TricoStimulant™ with our first product, Artennua®,  we are adapting and personalizing our innovative technology towards other MAPs of special interest as the preliminary results with basil we present today. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) has been used as a medicinal and aromatic plant for centuries. Nowadays it is used in many fields of human activity, especially in the food industry and in gastronomy. It is one of the species of aromatic medicinal plants that has a high content of essential oils, especially eugenol, widely used in medicine. Basil is also important for the pharmaceutical industry and is still used in traditional medicines in many parts of the world due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties and for treating gastric, respiratory and urinary disorders. 

Our preliminary results are promising and show that we are on the right way, as we observed a very powerful effect significantly increasing both the aerial fresh weight and the number of leaves in basil plants. Indeed, figure 1 shows how different doses of TricoStimulant™ applied exert their beneficial effect on basil plants in hydroponic systems. As shown in the graph we have obtained an increase of 60% in the number of leaves and 55% in shoot fresh weight. As these are powerful preliminary results, our conviction is that we will achieve greater increases in the near future and we are working towards this goal.

To better illustrate the effect of our technology on basil plants, figure 2 shows how applications of increasing doses of TricoStimulant™ correlate with increased growth and development of the plant. We are proud of our TricoStimulant™ and we are convinced that this technology has a promising future to improve therapeutic potential on other MAPs.

Figure 1: Shoot fresh weight, leaves numbers , are shown after the application of different doses of TricoStimulant™ on nutrient and non-nutrient substrates.

Figure 2: The results onshoot fresh weight and leaves number of the application of increasing doses of TricoStimulant™ applied to plants grown in soil substrate are shown from left to right.

MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS TO FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

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We continue working in our research to collaborate with a treatment for the COVID-19.

Watch the CMM Castilla-La Mancha Media interview about our work with Artemisia annua and its possible application in the fight against the virus.

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TRICOPHARMING, A LEADING COMPANY THAT ANTICIPATE TOMORROW

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Our company Tricopharming was included by the ABC newspaper in the top of the biotechnology and ICT companies that are committed to development and innovation in Spain thanks to our biotechnology based on biopharmaceutical agriculture and our first success case Artennua®, a optimized version of Artemisia annua.

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THE IMPULSE OF ACCIÓ AND THE CATALONIA REGION TO TRICOPHARMING – STARTUP CAPITAL 2019

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Startup Capital 2019

 

Glad to announce that Tricopharming has been selected among the 20 most innovative tech startups of Catalonia Region within the framework of the Startup Capital 2019 call!

Startup Capital boosts early stage technological companies helping to accelerate their product development and road map to market by co-financing business plan implementation. 

The call is addressed to high technological Startups located in Catalonia region. The catalan startup ecosystem is very dynamic according to recent regional statistics showing a growing trend in startup number with a total 1.504 in 2019, meaning a 38% more than 3 years ago. In the previous editions of the call, selected StartUp were all standing out for their technological and innovation impact.

Time frame is 18 months, starting in November 2019. The initiative consists in a direct grant of up to 75.000 euros for recently-created technological startups, plus a mentoring program carried out by ACCIO via mentorship specialists and major representatives of the technology, health and biotech industry. The initiative finances measures to implement the business plan and to accelerate access to early stage financing rounds.

Thanks to the project we will be able to conduct on-field beta testing to eventually launch on the market our new business line by the end of 2020. 

On the other side, thanks to Startup Capital financing, we will be able to scale up faster the production and commercialization of our product Artennua®, since 2019 available in the two formats capsules and B2B bags.

That’s a very good news for us! It joins the good results achieved in 2019: at the beginning of 2019 we took part to the Barcelona Activa pre-Acceleration Program – being to date incubated in the MediaTic Tech StartUps @22 district hub, we received the Cervera project co-funding by CDTI for our R&D activity and last but not least, the ‘Seal of Excellence’ by the European Commission in the framework of the SME Instrument phase 1 call.

A BIOCHEMIST FROM CUENCA, IN SEARCH OF A TREATMENT FOR COVID-19

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Luis Matías, through his company Biotech Tricopharming Research, wants to study the antiviral properties of his product derived from Artemisia annua with the new coronavirus

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TRICOPHARMING ON RADIO TELEVISION CANARIA RTVC

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Artemisia annua plant contains more than 400 metabolites. Among them, stands out the molecule artemisinin, the most effective antimalarial treatment to date. Could Artemisia annua and/or artemisinin molecule be a good candidate to fight Covid-19? This TV news contributes to the debate with our CEO Luís Matías Hernández, PhD, and our Agricultural Engineer Andrés Acosta Pérez by Biotech Tricopharming Research.

Watch the journalistic note of the newscast Telenoticias 1 of Radio Televisión Canaria RTVC.

A NEW PLATFORM FOR MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS IS RUNNING THANKS TO CDTI AND OUR CERVERA PROJECT

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Validation of a biostimulation technology able to increase molecules´ and secondary metabolites concentration both in Artemisia annua plant and other Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.
The project also pretends to test and validate the therapeutic and functional potential of Artennua® extract.

The Centre for the Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI) by Government of Spain, approved our project proposal ‘Validation of a production platform of Biomolecules of Industrial Interest’ presented in the framework of the budgetary line ‘Cervera’. The project, co-funded by EU funds, will last until March 2021 and focuses on different R&D goals. Among them we can find  the validation of a biostimulation technology able to increase molecules´ and secondary metabolites concentration both in Artemisia annua plant and other Medicinal and Aromatic Plants species (Cannabis spp, HypericumCnicus benedictusArtemisia vulgaris, Lavandula). On the other side the project pretends to test and validate the therapeutic and functional potential of our commercial extract Artennua® as food conservative, antioxidant, anti inflammatory, antimicrobian and immune system agent.

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.

Project execution is being guaranteed thanks to the collaboration with two spanish technologic centres belonging to the national centres of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and University network: CTAEx (Agrifood Technology Institute of Extremadura) who is participating in the development of field trials of experimental crops for the technological validation of the platform for the production of biomolecules, and CNTA (National Centre of Food Technology and Safety of Navarra) for the development of in vitro tests with Artennua® in cell cultures to evaluate the therapeutic potential in different applications. Moreover, they have been working on developing a new concentrated formula of Artennua®.

Thanks to CDTI and our achievement at Cervera project, we have been working on our production platform for biomolecules of Industrial interest. We will continue working on the validation of our biostimulation technology in various species of Medicinal and Aromatic plants (MAPs), as well as we have done with Artemisia annua plant.

TRICOPHARMING WINNER OF THE 23TH CANARY ISLANDS ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD 2019 BY FYDE

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Today, on World Entrepreneur Day, we received an amazing news: we are winners of the 23th Canary Islands Entrepreneurship Award by FYDE.

The CajaCanaria Bank Foundation supporting the entrepreneurship (Fundación Canaria para la Formación y Desarrollo Empresarial de CajaCanarias) selected the finalists of Canary Islands Entrepreneurship from different islands. The jury was composed by the General Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Lola Pérez, the representative of the Board of Directors of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Tenerife (JET), Xisela Aranda, the Director of the CajaCanarias Foundation, Natalia Aznárez, and the Director of the FYDE CajaCanarias Foundation, Francisco Reyes.

The award aims to identify and support entrepreneurial talent in the Canary Islands, and constitute a public recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit, both business and social, of people who show a special sense of innovation, creativity, effort and desire to excel, to which try to support and help boost your projects.

In Tricopharming we believe that Canary Island, for their characteristics, location and recognized quality products could be a perfect Europe-based platform for producing and exporting high quality Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs)  over the world.

Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (MAPs) are botanical raw materials, also known as herbal drugs, that are primarily used for therapeutic, aromatic and/or culinary purposes as components of cosmetics, medicinal products, health foods and other natural health products. They are also the starting materials for value-added processed natural ingredients such as essential oils, dry and liquid extracts and oleoresins.

There is a clear industrial demand for MAPs thanks to the increased production of herbal health care formulations; herbal based cosmetic products and herbal nutritional supplements.

The global market for botanical and plant-derived drugs is a big market, $32.9 billion in 2013, expected to grow 11.0%, according to BCC Research.

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