Chitosan and glucosamine extraction from chitin and chitin production from shrimp shell

Development Stage: Final semi-industrial product and production line developed + received finance for industrial-scale development

Industry: Raw material

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Crustaceans such as crabs, shrimps, lobsters, and some other arthropods contain minerals, organic materials, and chitin. Chitin is the primary material for producing chitosan biopolymer. Chitin and Chitosan are produced at an industrial scale in some countries of the world. The chemical and biological properties of chitosan have led to its widespread use in many industrial, medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and food processes. The most important applications of this valuable biological material are wound healing accelerator, stabilizer, concentration, and emulsifiers used in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries, fibers and films, paint coatings, adhesives, papers, and fiber reinforcements and etc.

Chitosan is a product derived from chitin with a slight difference in application and some physical characteristics. Shrimed owns an exclusive technology of extracting pharma-grade chitosan from shrimp shell with the highest efficiency and the lowest cost. The majority of the produced chitosans are in the production of glucosamine and a portion of them are sold independently as a pharmaceutical excipient.

Glucosamine (C6H13NO5) is an amino sugar and a prominent precursor in the biochemical synthesis of glycosylated proteins and lipids. Glucosamine is currently a dietary supplement ingredient widely used to promote joint health. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring amino monosaccharide that is endogenously formed throughout the human body by cellular glucose metabolism. This product is a key building block for several structural polysaccharides found throughout the human body. Shrimed has developed an exclusive technology of extracting pharma-grade glucosamine from chitosan with the highest efficiency and the lowest cost.