Friday, 17 June 2016

Hydrogel Dressing Market Receives Injectable Gels for Tissue Regeneration

As per a published article in the online journal Nature Materials, a research team at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed injectable hydrogels for rapid tissue regeneration. Earlier attempts of using hydrogel dressing along similar lines were futile as the rate of gel degradation exceeded the rate of tissue regeneration. This limitation was overcome with microporous scaffolds, that were constructed using annealed micro gel components. Constituent elements of these components, as well as their physical structure, are easily modified through microfluidic fabrication. It was observed that these scaffolds, when injected in the wounds, sped-up cell migration and initiated rapid tissue regeneration. 

"Achieving a biomaterial that promotes rapid regeneration while maintaining structural support has been a holy grail in the field of tissue engineering," said Dino Di Carlo, professor of bioengineering and co-principal investigator. "Our team has achieved this in an injectable form by combining tailored material chemistry and microfluidic fabrication of uniform spherical building blocks, each about the width of a human hair."

“Our technology is beautifully simple, as it utilizes any available chemistry to generate tiny gels that can be assembled into a large unit, leaving behind a path for cellular infiltration,” continues Segura, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and another co-principal investigator on the project.

Future applications of the hydrogel dressing market is being envisioned in complete wound management – right from treating deep and surgical lacerations to diabetic eruptions and all degrees of burns.

Hydrogel dressing market and biomedical engineering applications

Hydrogels are essentially hydrated polymers, which largely comprise of water molecules (about 90%) in a gel base. Hydrogel dressings date back to as early as the 1950s, when they were first introduced for wound care. Amorphous hydrogels, are provided in different forms for its medical applications. The freely flowing fluid form comes packed in tubes, sachets, or spray bottles. The same biomaterial is easily impregnated onto a clean absorbable surface, which is then used to gauge the wounds. A thin fiber mesh smeared with a layer of amorphous hydrogel comes in customizable sizes and with adhesive borders that lock on to surrounding healthy cells. What is more likeable about hydrogel dressing, is that they do not get unfortunately displaced or contaminated. The fact that they are translucent helps continuous assessment of progress in healing, without having to interfere with it.

It is important to understand the role of hydrogel dressings in tissue engineering and the overall mechanism. Speaking in terms of the latest invention by the UCLA research team, the microporous gel scaffold allows newer cells to grow into its interstitial voids. The process continues until gap created by missing tissues is entirely filled with new and healthy tissues. According to the research team, the microporous gel facilitates cell growth apart from protecting them.

Hydrogel dressings in wound care market

Certain wounds do not heal over time, as anticipated through automatic biological processes. Such complex wounds have a higher chance of getting infected, or house hazards of future complications. Therapeutic intervention is considered for getting rid of the wound. Surgical procedures available to treat such wounds usually compromise life of surrounding tissues that are not damaged. In most cases, apart from being highly uncomfortable, they are painful too. Patient surveys report that out of all available options, hydrogel dressings are far more cost-effective than others on the same list, and more comfortable too. 

Hydrogel dressings available at wound management market platforms are designed to retain moisture at the surface. They regulated the exchange of fluids between wound surface and its own internal structure. Instant effect of the dressing is to soothe the area and lessen pain. This assists the healthy tissues to separate from necrotic tissues and eschar through autolytic debridement. During their course of mechanism, they loosen slough and eventually absorb the exudates. This effectively eliminates any chances of infection induced from foreign particulates and the risks of maceration. The cleansing of space creates an ideal environment for wound bed preparation. The films are usually used to cover, or cap, the wound surfaces. Remember the quick and painful extraction of bandages, or gauges that caused a searing pain and at times, caused additional damage or irritation? Well, removing hydrogel bandages is nothing similar to that. In fact, the process is as soothing as it was when the film was first applied. 

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Market prospects for Hydrogel dressing

Hydrogel dressing market offer cost-effective interventions for diabetic and pressure ulcers. Regenerative medicine has advanced to a great extent in recent times. Clinical research results demonstrate that bioactive hydrogels have the ability to be modified structurally to encourage partial skin regeneration. Hydrogels further, could be possibly used as the next-gen skin alternative in treating partial or deep burns. With the ever rising population falling victim to type 2 diabetes and large incidences of burns registered each year, there would be no slowing of demand for advanced wound care at healthcare facilities. 

The hydrogel dressing market offerings will explore new avenues of demand and eventually its global market size would swell, effectively capturing a huge share of wound care industry. As per the findings of a report published by Allied Market Research, the U.S. hydrogel dressing market is estimated to generate revenue worth $258 million by the end of 2022. The net CAGR during 2016 to 2022 is forecast to be 7.0%. Business stakeholders in order to identify their profit prospects in different verticals of the industry keep a close eye on the current portfolio offerings. This helps them channelize their R&D activities and plan future market strategies.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Advancing Towards a ‘Greener’ Refrigerated Display Cases (RDC) Market

Recent EPA proposal holds potential to turn, both the environment and economy, greener for vendors in refrigerated display cases market.

In March 2016, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stepped forward with its proposed rulemaking to prohibit sundry hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in multiple applications, such as stationary refrigeration, foam blowing, and fire suppression. Under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, EPA strongly recommended the transition deadline for respective companies to be 2021. Refrigerated display cases market in this backdrop shall witness a paradigm shift in manufacturing technology of point-of-sale equipment and its consumption behavior. 

The call for such a policy might have arrived now, but was definitely calling for a settled dialogue since long. Environmental concerns of regulating authorities compulsorily implies corporate responsibility too. In order to keep up with their commitments, market players exhibit the willingness to opt for a sustainable course of action. Their focus lies on reducing greenhouse emissions from their products, while they produce energy-efficient on-deck cooling equipment as well as cooling boxes. 

Industrial Outlook for Green RDCs

Panasonic Corporation announced a 100% acquisition of Hussmann Corporation’s assets in April 2016. The company religiously endorses its gamut of energy-efficient and environment-friendly refrigerated display cases for supermarkets and convenience stores. It considers RDCs as one of its key product offerings in the food distribution solutions segment across the Asia-Pacific, concurrently establishing its position in regional markets. Hussmann’s strength lies in the advanced network of installation, maintenance and service sites in the U.S., Mexico and New Zealand markets. This shall mark the global expansion of businesses for the duo, where consumers can expect fresh developments in regulatory-compliant equipment. 

Hydrocarbon and carbon technology is gaining popularity in the industrial scenario over the fluorocarbon alternatives. Manufacturing companies have an array of natural refrigerants to choose from for their refrigerated display cases available at retail outlets for the market. Developers of eco-friendly refrigerants have a key role in deciding trends among the RDC end users per se. Among the vendors, testing procedures are rigorously carried out for prompt market launches, ensuring at the same time greater utility cycle and a clear level of safety for the coolants. 

Refrigerated Display Cases Market Drivers 

Targeting the significant surge in global consumption of refrigerated display cases over recent past, analysts at Allied Market Research predict a steady market growth. A dynamic mindset of consumer population stands at the origin of all drivers. A spread of consumable delights has a visual appeal unmatched by printed menus and suggestive images. When the entire menu is available for all to see, people make selections based on the aesthetic appeal of the offerings. Fresh eating is now a lifestyle choice for a population which prefers regular diners, offering quick bites. 

RDCs add freedom and flexibility for stores and their counter offerings that tend to change in along with local climate. Variable daily demands and customer inflow, added to their tendency of grabbing on to ‘convenient consumables’ while on a packed routine, calls for a subtle balance between what to prepare and post pare. Industries USP lies within the fact that preparations on display are mostly cooked and not processed. This directly entails the joy of choosing from locally sourced ingredients and flavors, traditional or specialty spreads, and specifically no chemical preservatives or additives. Although there is a limitation with short shelf life for hand cooked items, it definitely not attracts raised brows from governmental organizations regarding its residual effects. 

Distribution Verticals and Route Impediments

Commercial kitchens, shops, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other likewise outlets fall at the end of all distribution channels. The end usage segments have their distinct requirements for product design and type. Manufacturers address these issues with horizontal, vertical, or hybrid display cases. Depending upon individual operating environment, on-field testing is a requisite with regard to the difference in ambient temperatures. Installation and services of RDC equipment is performed by company-assigned professionals. Commercial refrigerated display cases and their compressor design is also influenced by mandates from regulatory authorities. 

Talking of regulatory frameworks, environmental organizations do realize the potential natural refrigerants hold for the RDC market. Apart from slight differences in safe rulings for newly developed cooling gases, novice RDC technologies are up for industrial adoption. What businesses need the most at present, is a set global standard, optimistic organizational response and accreditations, and attract greater interest from policy makers. 

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Protection Becomes Important as Many Fall Prey to Zika Virus

For an effective result, application of practical techniques and repellents can help users protect themselves this year, overseas and at their home. 

Outdoor stores in Nashville were seen telling their customers that mosquito repellent were not available in the state. Why? Outbreak of Zika virus in 2016 is majorly responsible for the shortage of insect repellents outlines research analysts at Allied Market Research. Analysts analyzing the share and the size of the sector add due to virus scare suppliers are sending the product down south. First baby with Zika was born in New Jersey. As per the CDC, approximately 591 cases have been identified in the United States till date. What else is keeping the future of the mosquito repellent industry bright besides this no cure disease? 

Natural Variation Sounds Better

Several testing groups identified that natural repellents promise the best protection. They unveiled that their oils are not only less harsh on human nose, but also effective in protecting against swarms and swarms of mosquitos. Above all, the term natural definitely sounds better for buyers. It took close to five years for Fit Organic to develop a product that was effective against mosquitos carrying the virus. This proprietary formula is safe for both children and pregnant woman. Another product called Citronella Outdoor Sticks are the most sought after repellent rendered contemporary. Scientific testing reveals that these sticks are highly effective in keeping the mosquitoes away. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Intense Regime Preferred Over Layering Claim Skin–Care Experts

Each skin types require specific care regime. Be it fine lines, acne or wrinkles, trends in the skin-care industry have something new to offer.

Skin care market, Skin care, cosmetics, skin care brands,  facial

By far the vital lifestyle measure that dermatologists encourage in their patients worldwide is to practice an excellent skin protection regime. From wearing sunscreen to applying anti-aging creams to reducing those fine lines, investing on a fairness cream without question is definitely in vogue. As discussed in my previous article cosmetic brands including Proctor & Gamble, Biotique and Oriflame are busy making their presence felt globally. Researchers at Allied Market Research weighing upon the growth, size and share outline that skin care products are now being made available for all budget and income groups. Decent budget concealers, night cream, under eye cream, body lotion, etc. are not hard to find these days. So what are the major trends being passed on to trusted customers who better fit the budget?

Investing in Just Few Drops Transforms Essential Oil Market Future

Increasing demand for both fragrances in cosmetics and spa and relaxation uses is likely to fuel the need for essential oil over the next five to six year.  

Essential Oils Market, natural additives

Essential oil is extracted using distillation process. The oil is preferred for characteristic odor of a particular plant or source from which it is obtained. Applications of the oil has a rich history and was used for treating skin diseases and cancer. Besides leaving its effect as pseudoscience in wellness industry, they are popular as an alternative medicine. Aromatherapy is a popular form of alternative medicine known to have healing effects ascribed to compounds present in plant extracts. Few oils are even claimed to offer an uplifting effect on our mind. Research analysts at Allied Market Research assessing growth, size and share of the sector highlight that sources such as orange, eucalyptus, peppermint and corm mint remain the most favorite ones. 

Beat Your Mood with Few Drops

Perfume industry, Aroma
The spa and relaxation alchemy is highly dependent on the industry. Another biggest consumer of these oils is the perfume market, which is valued at $46 billion. The sector banks on sources such as orange, lemon, lime, rose and clover leaf among others. Recently a Cork -based enterprise shows it has this flourishing segment in its sights. The Irish Rose Essential Oil Company, commented on use of rose oils as a popular ingredient by saying “Rose oil is virtually indispensable as an ingredient in perfume and it is known in the trade as ‘liquid gold’ because of the vast quantity of roses that must be distilled to produce a few drops of oil.” Pioneer of this enterprise de Lacey explained “The perfume market is growing but the production of rose oil is falling so it is a valuable and sought-after crop.” In addition, for many healthy cooking begins with an essential oil added to the recipe to enjoy an all – natural living. These oils serve as a wonderful antibacterial options for various homemade cleaning recipes too. Simply add oils to the laundry routine, sanitize kitchen and mold in your bathroom to make your home smell clean. You would no longer need scary fumes. 

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Takeovers & Consolidation in the farm industry to stir up competitive landscape in Fungicide Market

Prominent agrochemicals companies are moving towards consolidation, driven by factors such as large drop in commodity prices and the strategic benefits of collaboration between various seeds and pesticides markets

Applications of Fungicides an effective crop strategy

Fungicides are different types of pesticides used as protectants or eradicates to prevent plants against getting infested with fungi. The fungi cause mold, rot or diseases and impedes the proper development of saplings and crops. Fungicides has formed an effective crop strategy used by agriculturalists to augment the crop yield and a comprehensive solution to control disease in plants. Fungicides as pesticides are gaining traction across regions where the crop is likely to be infested by fungi, driven by need to improve the storage shelf life and to enhance the quality of agricultural produce; their applications help farmers to safeguard them against a significant produce loss that occurs after occur post-harvest, which results in huge money losses in agriculture.
Several ways of classifying fungicides exist: they are classified on the basis of chemical group, modes of action, and by the alteration of physical properties once inside the plant. Furthermore, on the basis of mode of action fungicides can be specific or general; general ones have a wide range of activity and are helpful for plant cultivators and plant growers to protect several types of pathogenic fungi, examples are sulfur, captan, and mancozeb. Apart from the preventing effects of fungicides they also exhibit curative properties; that is, they are effective against a wide range of pathogens that may have infected the plant, or is useful in those plants that tend to have a higher risk of pathogens developing resistance to common fungicides. Recent developments indicate fungicides to be potent pesticides in preventing stripe rust and other foliar fungal diseases infesting the crop wheat.

Unique Hydrogel Formulations Nurture Innovations

From nanoplatforms, three dimensional bio printing of human tissues to being a cyborg and more hydrogel market is seen embracing innovation. 

Over the past few years, combined attributes of hydrogels and steep rise in prototyping technologies has opened new routes for the development of tissue engineering scaffolds. Research analysts at Allied Market Research assessing the hydrogel marketed products size reveal that it represents an interesting material that can be used in the regeneration of both soft and hard tissues. Application of this material has proved beneficial in encapsulating the cells thereby increasing seeding capabilities of the fabricated structures. On the other hand, prototyping techniques have become highly important for producing scaffolds especially for seeding. By applying rapid prototyping designers can develop an interconnected 3D structure coupled with a pre-determined porosity. Here is a peek into latest hydrogels uses through innovative hydrogel tissue engineering.

Life Science Companies Innovate Hydrogel to Treat Inflammation 

Life science development firms working on hydrogel drug delivery techniques are seen announcing new startups to focus on treating acute inflammation. In a recent incident PureTech founder Robert Langer announced a new startup firm dubbed Alivio Therapeutics. Official sources reveal that company would be concentrating on applying hydrogel to treat cases involving acute and chronic inflammation. PureTech has established BioPharma to concentrate on CAR-T therapy. This type of cell therapy has presented positive results when it comes to treating blood cancer. Alivio is confident that the new design not only sticks to the inflamed tissue but successfully delivers drugs based on the inflammation level. 

Augmenting Human Body with Electronics Is No Fiction 
Human body is definitely a wonder, but not perfect. Defects such as ligament tear, fracture and illness often strikes with or without a warning. This has persuaded many companies to consider augmenting human body with electronics to solve defects. Earlier such equipment presented problems of their own. But recently a group of scientists at the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a solution that promises hope. They’ve innovated a new kind of hydrogel that not only looks but also feels like tendons and muscles. These tiny electronics can easily monitor human insides, offer electrical stimulus and deliver medicine. Hydrogel is preferred for its flexibility and it can both twist and bend without tearing. Moreover, human body is built from such materials, so there’s less chance the body would reject this material. This has opened new avenues for the market. 

Hydrogel Nanoplatform Found Beneficial in Shrinking Tumors 

Functional nanoparticles have emerged as an important route of drug delivery especially for chemotherapeutics. But, receiving such nanoparticles to treat tumor has been difficult so far. Thus, some researchers are focusing on building hydrogels created of filamentous bacteriophage as well as gold nanoparticles. 

Team of experts from different universities located in the United States, Japan and Germany have created a hydrogel platform that would identify as well as shrink tumors. Besides this, it facilitates non – invasive imaging and deliver chemotherapeutic medicine. In addition, they presented that the platform is generalized to various targets as well as chemotherapeutics. 

Like Humans Robots Will Have Hydrogel Body 
Team of experts at MIT have outlined an advanced technique to build synthetic hydrogels. These polymer networks are infiltrated with water, which sticks easy to any surface; whether glass, silicon, metal, or human skin (as hydrogel dressing). Researcher also believe that hydrogel materials can be used to make soft robots. The material makes joints highly flexible like tendons in human body. 

Known for publishing reports on technology advancements, Allied Market Research has recently unveiled a report titled “World Hydrogel Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2015 – 2022”. As per the report the sector will register a CAGR of 6.3 percent by 2022. Researchers are confident that industry will garner about $ 27.2 billion by the same year. Stakeholders, product developers and entrepreneurs looking for extensive study of the market size, share, demands, opportunities, restraints, adoption rate would find the research relevant and valuable.