STEP-supported Research Team Develops Antioxidant Powder from Grape Seeds

A Georgian team of medical researchers has developed a medicinal powder containing high levels of antioxidants extracted from grape seeds leftover from the wine industry. The powder—called Antiox G—can be taken orally in capsule form and is intended for the treatment of viral or bacterial infections.

The same team has also developed a formula for a liquid version of Antiox G that is based on grape seed oil. According to team member Grigol Chachia, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Tbilisi State Medical University and researcher with the Tbilisi-based Longevity Medical Company, the liquid is expected to be used in dermatological and cosmetic treatments.

Chachia says that what sets Antiox G apart from similar pills is that it contains higher percentages of such antioxidants as flavonoids, catechins and proanthocyanidins. The team developed an extraction technique that would extract high levels of these antioxidants with minimal damage from the grape seeds.

Antiox G is market ready and has been patented in Georgia. The team—led by Levan Shanidze, M.D., a medical researcher with the LTD Medical Hospital in Tbilisi—is working with the Longevity Medical Company to begin larger-scale manufacturing and marketing of Antiox G within the next year, and is currently negotiating with potential producers and distributors in Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The project was funded by the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) Science and Technology Entrepreneur Programs (STEP) with additional funding provided by the Longevity Medical Company.

Chachia credits STEP for providing the financial and business consulting help necessary to make Antiox G a success. He adds that STEP also encouraged the team to develop the liquid formula.

“STEP’s financial and intellectual support is greatly appreciated by all of us,” says Chachia. “We have learned a lot from the program staff about marketing and business management.”

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