The partnership sees Nutri Pharmaceuticals Research (NRPR), a developer and marketer of powdered nutritional ingredients, entering into a product development and supply partnership with Aloecorp, a supplier of bioactive Aloe vera raw materials to the cosmetics and cosmeceutical industry.
The new development has produced aloe vera crystal flakes using the Aloecorp Qmatrix Proprietary Processing Technology, which opens up a number of formulation opportunities to manufacturers as well as improving the ingredients delivery and efficacy.
Aloecorp says it will supply NPRI with the dried aloe vera crystal flake for use as a carrier matrix with NPRI's O2P oil-to-powder conversion process. In addition, both firms says they will work together on developing a series of powdered oil product concepts using the aloe vera crystal flake.
"Use of the aloe vera crystal flake as a carrier for our O2P Powders adds a unique, bioactive ingredient to our existing powders," said NPRI president, Godfrey Yew.
According to the companies, recent clinical studies have shown that use of Aloe vera improves the bioavailability of certain nutrients such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E by as much as 200 per cent.
Such properties would be useful to a host of skin care products, and more specifically anti-aging treatments, where Vitamin C and E have proven efficacy.
Wayne McCune, senior vice president, Aloecorp, added that the development would be a boost for a series of cosmetic and health-related applications.
"It will offer dietary supplement and cosmeceutical manufacturers an exciting opportunity for patented, health-specific products," he said.