SLU Holding investing in Leafymade. © Leafymade

SLU Holding invests in start-up company Leafymade

Leafymade AB develops sustainable materials that can replace plastics and paper in disposable products. With its investment, SLU Holding is providing the company with important capital and opportunities for new knowledge through collaboration with researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

- Leafymade is run by young and driven entrepreneurs,” says Henrik Landgren, Senior Innovation & Business Advisor, SLU Holding. “The products are exciting and the sales potential great. Our assessment is that there should be good opportunities for SLU researchers to contribute with their knowledge both in terms of development of product functions and the sustainability aspect.

The interest is large for the company’s first products – disposable plates and small bowls with leaves as the raw material. Production is small-scale and carried out in the villages of the Indian countryside where knowledge lives on of the old traditional ways of using tree leaves. No additives are required in production. The leaves’ natural properties make it possible to produce a material that can withstand liquids and is thick enough to produce both plates and small bowls.

Several research areas are of interest for Leafymade. SLU Holding's investment also entails the opportunity for the company to collaborate with researchers at SLU. Research in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in developing countries is a relevant area of research, as well as research into the possibility of using Swedish leaves as raw materials for products that can replace plastics and paper.

 

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Press Release - SLU Holding investerar i forskningsbolaget Resorbable Devices AB

SLU Holding invests in research company Resorbable Devices AB

Resorbable Devices AB is behind successful research in resorbable polymers. Under the leadership of founder Odd Höglund, the company has developed LigaTie®, a self-locking implant in resorbable material for safe and more effective surgery.

“The business concept and product LigaTie®, and the team’s expertise and determination convinced us of the company’s future potential,” says Urban Eriksson, CEO of SLU Holding. “Resorbable Devices AB exhibits all the signs of a successful company, which was why SLU Holding decided to invest.”.

Resorbable Devices AB has recently been awarded a local business prize for high growth potential and has additional products under development that are aimed primarily at urology use.

We are pleased and proud that SLU Holding has chosen to make this investment in Resorbable Devices AB,” says Odd Höglund, researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and founder of Resorbable Devices AB. “The company gives us expertise in business development, which is valuable in reaching out to the market. The investment in the company also means financing of the next step of the journey from research to market in which the manufacturing process is next to be validated.”

In the research field of resorbable polymers, Resorbable Devices AB collaborates with researchers from Uppsala University and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The company also collaborates with the medical device industry in both Uppsala and the US.

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