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Evolva's collaboration with US Navy to focus on resveratrol-based composites 
 
Testing underway of materials fabricated from special formulation of Evolva's 
resveratrol 
 
10 August 2016 - Evolva's (SIX: EVE) collaboration with the US Navy (NAVAIR 
research facility, China Lake, California) to develop novel composite materials 
is to focus on the development of a new class of structural composite materials 
engineered from a polymer resin matrix fabricated from a specified formulation 
of Evolva's resveratrol. Evolva has produced and delivered this specified 
formulation, and will continue to work with the Navy to advance this new class 
of composites. Currently available structural carbon composites are often 
unsuited for high-energy, high fire-risk applications such as fuel tanks, engine 
components, high-rise buildings, elevators, rockets, trains, and lithium battery 
casings, to name just a few. 
 
The polymer resin matrix being tested for this new class of composite materials 
is made from a special formulation of Evolva's resveratrol, which can be 
economically and sustainably manufactured on an industrial scale using advanced 
biotechnology and fermentation, converted to a thermosetting monomer, and then 
polymerised and shaped/moulded using standard fabrication techniques. 
 
Prototype materials made from Evolva's resveratrol have performed well in 
preliminary tests, exhibiting a number of advantages over existing 
fire-resistant materials. Resveratrol polymer composites are lighter than 
aluminium, halogen free, and able to withstand prolonged exposure to intense 
heat and flame impingement without combusting or structurally degrading. More 
testing is needed, but if results remain consistent it could usher in a new 
class of structural composite materials. 
 
Over and above the benefits to the US Navy, there could be a broad spectrum of 
civilian applications (aviation, aerospace, automotive, public transport, 
construction, electronics, energy storage and transmission) and professionals 
(first responders, construction workers, miners, foundry workers, welders, 
mechanics) that stand to benefit from products fortified with these composites. 
 
"Engineering with biology provides a way to produce a whole range of product 
innovations that would otherwise be impossible to achieve economically and 
sustainably," said Evolva CEO Neil Goldsmith. 
 
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About resveratrol 
 
Resveratrol is an ingredient found in certain plants that is associated with a 
range of functional effects when the plant is subjected to extreme stress from 
things like heat, dehydration, or disease. Many of the functional effects 
associated with resveratrol that are observed in nature are thought to be 
mediated by its induction of "survival" genes. Evolva's resveratrol is produced 
using advanced biotechnology and yeast fermentation. It is made from natural and 
sustainable feedstocks and has a highly scalable, stable, traceable and reliable 
supply chain. 
 
Evolva 
 
Evolva is a pioneer and global leader in sustainable, fermentation-based 
approaches to ingredients for health, wellness and nutrition. Evolva's products 
include stevia, resveratrol, vanillin, nootkatone and saffron. As well as 
developing its own proprietary ingredients, Evolva also deploys its technology 
for partners, providing them with a competitive edge and sharing in the returns 
they make. For more information see www.evolva.com. Questions about our 
fermentation approach? Have a look at our video. 
 
Contact Details 
 
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