University of Nebraska-Lincoln Partners with ZEA Biosciences

University of Nebraska-Lincoln ZEA Biosciences Partnership

UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources will work with Massachusetts-based biotech company ZEA for a landmark study on plant-based anti-inflammatories.


WALPOLE, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, December 1, 2020 / — Kaustav Majumder, an assistant professor of food science and technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will collaborate with Massachusetts-based ZEA Biosciences on a groundbreaking medical study on anti-inflammatory peptides.


The plants that they are studying have been found to naturally produce amino acid chains which can reduce inflammation in humans. The goal of ZEA and UNL’s joint research project is to uncover which plant varieties could produce a commercially viable, plant-based treatment for conditions such as chronic inflammation and heart disease.


Majumder’s lab, which is housed within UNL’s Food for Health Center, has sent ZEA a variety of seeds that ZEA will cultivate and grow into pharmaceutical-grade plants using their propriety CleanGrow Technology platform. Once the plants have been grown and all the important data has been collected, ZEA will send the harvested plants back to UNL, where the active biologic ingredients will be tested.

"We are so excited to partner with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a project of this size and importance. The ZEA platform is capable of growing the pharmaceutical-grade plants necessary for Kaustav Majumder's team to uncover effective anti-inflammatory molecules."

James Wilson, CEO of ZEA Biosciences Tweet

About ZEA Biosciences:

ZEA is a leading producer of plant-made biologics based in Walpole, MA. Using their proprietary CleanGrow Technology™, ZEA grows optimized, minimum-variation plants for use in pharmaceuticals and supplements. 


About UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources:

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) strives to revolutionize food, fuel, feed, and fiber production for a rapidly growing world in a way that conserves our natural resources and provides a high quality of life for producers. 



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Phone: +1 (413) 687-5702



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