We are happy to extend a warm “EmerGence welcome” to our newest client, Fredericton, New Brunswick-based EnCap BioTech Inc. Welcome to Canada’s bioscience incubation program!
EnCap BioTech Inc. is a bioscience startup dedicated to replacing petroleum-based synthetic polymers (plastics) with innovative green inspired products.
EnCap BioTech is focused on developing a green, environment friendly, bio-based platform to replace plastics from several applications. Their aim is to develop a range of products with bioactive formulations to replace plastics in food packaging, nutraceutical, cosmetics, and personal care products.
Since their appearance more than 50 years ago, plastics have become widespread in various applications including: personal care products and cosmetics products (PCCPs) and packaging applications, replacing natural and more renewable options.
Plastics do not decompose naturally and are the root of numerous environmental problems. Instead of degrading, plastics photodegrades into smaller pieces of plastic, which scientists estimate could take hundreds of years to degrade. Encap’s innovations are designed to address this problem and provide bio-based, naturally degradable alternative to plastics.
The US will ban the production and sales of personal care products and cosmetics containing plastic microbeads from July 2017. Recently, the Canadian government announced its intention to ban the sale of shower gels, toothpaste, and facial scrubs containing plastic microbeads effective July 1, 2018. Accordingly, there is an urgent need for a biodegradable and safe replacement for plastic microbeads.
At EnCap BioTech, products will not only be naturally biodegradable, but will also be designed to bring antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to the end-product.