Space technology developed into highly effective anti Cholesterol drug

Founded in 2007 by

  • Rob Suters

  • Hans de Swart

Incubation period

01-12-2007 to 30-11-2008


About ezCOL BV

The MELiSSA project tested a bacterium as potential ingredient for astronaut diet. It was shown to be safe, but also to cut levels of LDL cholesterol in half in 2 weeks.

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The challenge

High levels of cholesterol in the blood increase the risk of heart disease and stroke and 39% of the world’s population have raised levels according to the WHO. Keeping cholesterol in check has obvious benefits. EzCOL BV was set up by IPStar BV, MELiSSA’s technology transfer partner, to continue research and market the cholesterol-diminishing bacterium.

The solution

While they might not sound appetising, bacteria are promising ingredients for space food. They grow exponentially and can provide many nutrients in an astronaut’s diet on a long mission to the Moon or Mars. As part of its search for the perfect mix of ingredients, the MELiSSA project tested a bacterium, for safety at the Dutch TNO research institute. The bacterium was shown to be safe and nutritious but also, remarkably, to cut levels of LDL cholesterol – the ‘bad’ cholesterol.