New R&D project based on natural xerophytic plant extracts

CALVO IZQUIERDO, S.L. participates in the R&D project “PRONOS – R&D of new antimicrobial products based on natural extracts of xerophytic plants for prevention of nosocomial infections by cleaning surfaces and skin”, funded by the AVI and the European Union through the ERDF. This is a business value chain consolidation project, which started in February 2021 and will end in December 2022. In addition to CALVO IZQUIERDO, S.L., the companies VIVEROS CANÓS, S.L., ESPECIALIDADES FARMACÉUTICAS CENTRUM, S.A., ATQ QUIMYSER, S.L. and KOROTT, S.L. are also participating.

The main objective of the project is to investigate ingredients obtained from natural extracts of xerophytic (dry environment) plants with antimicrobial properties, for the development of surface cleaning and skin care products in the healthcare environment, which contribute to the prevention of nosocomial infections (hospital-acquired infections).

It is a health concern that the efficacy of the arsenal of biocidal substances is increasingly diminishing in the face of the growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) of the microorganisms responsible for infections. It is estimated that between 6 and 10% of patients admitted to a hospital may suffer a nosocomial infection. This problem changes the course of hospitalization and exposes the patient to new risk situations, increasing hospital morbidity and mortality, hospital stay and health care costs. Research in this field is now focusing on ingredients of natural origin, for two reasons: they have been shown to be effective against dangerous pathogens; and their renewable and biodegradable origin is environmentally friendly and compatible with people’s health.

As a result of the project, it is expected to create and consolidate a value chain for the manufacture of products with antimicrobial activity, based on active ingredients of natural origin. Thus, as a result of the project, it is expected to obtain products of natural origin for surface cleaning and skin care and hygiene, with antimicrobial activity for sanitary use in hospitals. Specifically, CALVO IZQUIERDO, S.L. expects to develop new bandages with antimicrobial finish for the prevention of infections in the sanitary field.

The project impacts the value chain of natural products with antimicrobial properties, from the study and selection of the species, to obtaining the functional active principles, through their stabilization and conservation, to their ultimate application in health products.