Uute Scientific – biodiversity applied straight to your skin
The Uute Scientific substance, Reconnecting Nature™, can be added into skin cream or integrated into fabric to enhance the proper function of the human immune system. The first consumer products with the substance were launched in 2020 and now there are already more than 20 products with the “biodiversity powder”.

Due to urbanisation Diabetes 1, allergies, asthma, and other immune-mediated diseases have become a large problem worldwide. Scientists have proven that they are to a degree caused by people moving away from nature and being less in contact with its microbial diversity. This has weakened the immune system.

For example, recent results from Russian Karelia and Finland, separated by a land border, suggest that environmental factors have greatly contributed to the increasing prevalence of immune‐mediated disorders. Infections, or rather lack of them, may be strongly involved in the development of both autoimmune and allergic diseases.

The important time for developing a properly functioning immune system is during childhood. However, if it is not possible to move to a more diverse environment or to adjust the urban lifestyle, it is possible to get the advantages of nature's microbial biodiversity another way, by applying Reconnecting Nature™, an extract from nature.

"The Reconnecting Nature™ substance includes diverse microbes from forest and agricultural environments, which aid in correcting the development of the immune system. It can come in the form of a very fine powder or have some other material shape," says Kari Sinivuori, CEO of Uute Scientific, a University of Helsinki spinout company.

The important thing to realise is that the substance is not taken orally – it is meant to be brought into contact with the skin. It can be mixed with or integrated into daily consumer products, such as fabrics and creams.

The first consumer products with the Reconnecting Nature™ substance were launched in October 2020. Finnish cosmetic companies Luonkos Finland Oy and Forest Pharmacy Oy were the first ones using the substance in their products. Today, in total seven companies are using the substance and at the moment it can be found in more than 20 products, ranging from woollen underwear by Finnish Ruskovilla, to cosmetics by Sopo Soap, British Örn Kuu and Arctic Vet for animals.

Firm based in research

The idea of a "biodiversity powder" can be traced back to at least three recent research projects or consortiums. Of these, ADELE (Autoimmune Defense and Living Environment) consortium employed 15 people at three universities in Finland.

Its follow-up project ADELE ecosystem of the University of Helsinki and Tampere University develops solutions to prevent the development of immune-mediated diseases. The PREVALL experiment is an intervention trial which aims to reduce the probability of allergy among small children using highly diverse microbiological inoculate originating in organic materials derived from nature. The research group’s work was cited in recent World Bank report on Urban Nature and Biodiversity for Cities.

The ImmunoGarden project, led by Aki Sinkkonen, aims to develop garden and landscaping materials that are scientifically proven to enhance the diverse and healthy microbial community on the skin, and aid in the development and normal functioning of the immune system.

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Problem

Researchers have shown that an overly sterile environment does not allow the child's immune system to develop properly. This may in part result in the development of both autoimmune and allergic diseases. Contact with nature's microbiological biodiversity from forest and agricultural environments would be the best solution, but it is not possible for everyone to leave urban areas to come into better contact with nature.

Solution

The Reconnecting Nature™ substance by Uute Scientific includes diverse microbes from forest and agricultural environments. It can come in the form of a very fine powder, or other material shape, and it can be mixed with creams or added to fabrics. In this way, it is brought into contact with the. Microbe extract is not taken orally.

Key benefits

Reconnecting Nature™ by Uute Scientific helps develop the immune system in the right direction even if the environment is urban and the forests and fields are far away. This way, the risk of allergic and autoimmune diseases is diminished.

Business model

Business model is ingredient branding for license fee, manufacturing, and selling the extract.

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