VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Nova-BioRubber Green Technologies Inc., developer of agronomic and green processing technologies for rubber-producing dandelions, has successfully completed third-party hypoallergenicity testing of its dandelion-derived rubber.
Akron Rubber Development Lab performed the testing of two biolatex samples for the Vancouver-based company, according to a Nova-BioRubber news release.
The results, according to Nova-BioRubber CEO Anvar Buranov, were heartening.
"Many products, and the way they are produced, are going to significantly change," he said. "We're going to see many more non-allergenic and non-odorous biolatex and biorubber products introduced into the market."
Potential applications for Nova-BioRubber's dandelion rubber include medical gloves and catheters, mattresses, pillows, yoga mats, condoms, wetsuits, swim caps and balloons.
Nova-BioRubber is devoted to developing the Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) plant, also known as the Russian dandelion, for commercial use. TKS takes only four months to grow and contains up to 24 percent rubber, according to the company.
Evaluation reports on TKS rubber from Akron Rubber Development Lab and the National Research Council of Canada are available on request, Nova-BioRubber said.