News / 2020

Patent Attorneys of WTS are representing before the Polish Patent Office a Polish-Spanish start-up that is creating a ground-breaking natural UV filter

Technology that the UVera team has developed by applying an innovative, interdisciplinary approach, permits to produce stable and active UV protecting natural pigment. It involves obtaining a natural UV protector from microorganisms that can be found in some desert regions of Earth (cyanobacteria). 

UVera provides a very attractive and above all necessary alternative for UV filters that are commonly employed today. Through its use, it will possible to introduce to market natural cosmetic substances effectively protecting from exposition to solar radiation that will not be harmful to human’s skin (the filters that are currently in use can cause dermatoses incl. allergies, as well in lesser cases can cause DNA damage, as well as anomalies in functioning of hormonal system). Another advantage of the UVera’s technology is its eco-friendliness, which also distinguishes it sharply from other filters that produce a detrimental impact on marine ecosystem and coral reefs. 

In the past several other research teams that were working in this area, has so far failed the attempts to synthetically obtain similar substances. However it was only UVera that, by relying on processes that occur in the nature, succeeded in finding a solution that is effective and at same time comprehensive and ecological. 

It should not therefore come as a surprise that the technology developed by UVera has been awarded the main prize at the Bio-Europe, the largest biotechnological conference in Europe, thereby triumphing over 115 other projects that were competing for this recognition. Furthermore, it already attracts attention of some leading global cosmetic concerns. UVera is currently planning to start a construction of ecologically friendly biofactory dedicated to harvesting of the UV protective compound. the UVeras’ developed bacterial production and cultivation model is extremely ecological and economical. Production is powered by solar rays and CO2, and by-products in the form of O2 and fertile biomass can be further used in agriculture.

The members of WTS team on this case include Justyna Juszkiewicz, Joanna Wawrzynów and Andrzej Witek. The patent application prepared by Andrzej Witek has been reviewed positively examination report issued by the Polish Patent Office.