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Cerealus in licensing agreement for bio-based Ceregel for paper process

Thu, Apr 15, 2010
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WATERVILLE, ME, April 15, 2010 (PR Web) -Cerealus Holdings, in collaboration with the University of Maine, is excited to announce their latest bio-based technology, "Ceregel, A Next Generation Strength + Retention System." Originally patented by DuPont and later developed by the UMaine Process Development Center, Ceregel is a smart process proven technology for paper mills that will enable improved productivity and lower production costs.

Ceregel utilizes five patents and involves cooking cationic polyacrylamides with cationic starch to form "super" starch molecules, which have improved retention properties for commercial paper machines. Ceregel benefits and validated effects include increased strength, increased retention, and higher press solids. Cerealus has secured exclusive licensing rights for Ceregel from the University of Maine and recently initiated a full sales and installation campaign.

"This unique technology is an exciting addition to our technology portfolio, and we have already begun an aggressive commercialization campaign," says Tony Jabar, CEO of Cerealus Holdings. "Our process improvements will provide paper mills with various optimization solutions and should enable mills to save up to $14 per ton."

Mike Bilodeau, Director of the Process Development Center at the University of Maine, went on to say, "This groundbreaking new low-capital technology gives paper makers a range of options to improve product quality, productivity, and lower manufacturing costs. We believe this technology will soon be considered "best known practice" in the industry, deployed across a wide range of paper grades and manufacturing processes."

In addition to CeregelTM, Cerealus develops a number of sustainable technologies including HoldoutTM, a non-toxic, biodegradable replacement for fluorinated compounds; Agricultural Mulch Film; compost bags that are odor, water and grease resistant; biodegradable greenhouse film; construction, household, and general purpose plant-based adhesives; and a plant-based coating binder used to replace oil-based, synthetic binders.

Cerealus Holdings, LLC

Founded in 2004 by Chemist Tony Jabar, Cerealus Holdings, LLC is headquartered in Waterville, ME. The company develops biodegradable, renewable, plant-based materials to replace synthetic compounds, using cutting-edge science and research to unearth sustainable solutions for current and emerging market opportunities. The non-toxic alternatives we provide address a number of varied markets, from food packaging to paper mills to agricultural crop protection. For more information, visit http://www.cerealus.com or call 207-649-1147.

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