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Development of foods containing nanoencapsulated ingredient

Objective

The preservation of bioactive food ingredients through product processing and storage, and their controlled release in the gastrointestinal tract is yet a major obstacle for the full exploitation of the health potential of many food bioactive components. In addition, conventional microencapsulation solutions often affect the textural sensory properties of the food. The overall objective of the NANOFOOD project is to develop and the validate the efficacy of a new generation of healthy foods based on nanocapsules technology. Tailored nanocapsules able to deliver omega-3 fatty acid and silymarin complex into the lower gut will be designed and produced by a specialized Israeli SME in collaboration with Technion, Haifa. These nanocapsules will be incorporated as bioactive ingredients into dry pasta by an Italian SME and into typical bread products by a Turkish SME. The development and characterization of these products will be supported by food scientists operating in leading research centres. Finally, the efficacy of the developed food products will be assessed by a human clinical trials on patients affected by Intestinal Bowel Disease, where the anti-inflammatory properties of the selected ingredients could be highly beneficial. NANOFOODS project will provide SMEs of the consortium with necessary tools and know-how to introduce in the EU markets foods based on nanoencapsulated bioactive ingredients according to the new European legislation regarding novel healthy foods marketing.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/lipids
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 28 500
Administrative Contact
Vincenzo Fogliano (Prof.)

Participants (6)

Karmat Coating Industries Ltd
Israel
EU contribution
€ 242 000
Address
Kibbut Ramot Menashe
19245 Ramoth Menashe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Saul Koder (Mr.)
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eyal Shimoni (Prof.)
HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
Address
Hacettepe Universitesi Beytepe Kampusu Rektorluk Binasi
06800 Cankaya Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vural Gökmen (Prof.)
MERK UNLU MAMMULLER GIDA KATKI MADDELERI TURIZM INSAAT VE TICARET LTD SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 214 500
Address
Ozankara Toptancilar Sitesi, 4. Blok, Macunkoy 150
Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Goktay Tas (Dr.)
Antonio Amato & C. Molini e Pastifici in Salerno SpA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 186 000
Address
Via Tiberio Claudio Felice 24
84131 Salerno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mario Martone (Dr.)
LA MORELLA NUTS, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 55 000
Address
C/camí Ample S/n
43392 Castellvell Del Camp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enric Llaurado Monje (Mr.)