HAVANA._ The Marine Bio-Products Center of Cuba (CEBIMAR in Spanish) has presented a new range of natural products of biomedical and industrial interest which will soon be available on the domestic market.
Due to its wealth of eco-systems, the Cuban coastline represents a rich source for the exploration of new products based on potential sustainable applications of marine biodiversity in medicine and other economic fields.
The basic knowledge of marine organisms and their interactions with the environment has demonstrated a way to obtain biotechnological products.
CEBIMAR showed their latest offers at one of the 45 stands at the exhibition linked to the X International Environment and Development Convention which was held in the presence of around almost 1,400 delegates from 47 countries, at the Palace of Conventions in Havana.
Roberto Nuñez, director of the Marine Products Center, told the Havana Reporter that the entity was developing a new line based on marine organisms, from which products for both the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries could be obtained.
The center undertakes research and production in a sustainable manner through the study of marine organisms such as bacteria, algae, anemones, sponges, coral and the most abundant coelenterates on Cuban shores, in order to find bioproducts that may offer solutions to social, economic and environmental problems.
Nuñez said “we have managed to develop a product named Bithal that has dermoregenerating, anti-oxidant and antibacterial properties”.
This product comes from an extract of the marine angiosperm Thalassia Testudinum which has protective and restorative effects on skin, as well as containing active anti-oxidants and reducing gingival inflammation.
The director added that this has, in partnership with the Suchel Regalo company, facilitated the design and formulation of toothpastes, soaps and creams which are presently at a domestic industry introductory stage and are soon to be launched into the Cuban market.
Nuñez referred to a line of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products that, although still at the research phase, could potentially substitute a group of imported medicines used in the treatment of breast and colon cancer.
He also commented on a variety of marine organism based products created by CEBIMAR utilized in environmental cleaning projects, essentially within ecosystems contaminated by hydrocarbons. The product, called Bioil-fc, has proven to be effective in the treatment of oil spills in bays, beaches, mangroves, rivers and soil, and in zones contaminated by long term passive exposure, with a cleansing effect of up to 90%.Share on FB Share on TT