Nova-BioRubber Green Technologies Inc (NovaBioRubber) has developed novel growing and green processing technologies for the production of hypoallergenic and sustainable biolatex, biorubber and inulin from annual rubber plant Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) to solve latex allergy. TKS takes 4 months to grow and contains up to 40% inulin and 24% biorubber. TKS was previously grown in North America during the rubber crisis in the 1940s.
Latex allergy is the severe sensitization of the skin to the proteins in latex products derived from the sap of the Brazilian Hevea rubber tree. Latex allergy can be very severe, career ending, and has even resulted in severe anaphylaxis and death. Data shows that approximately 17% of healthcare workers and as many as 73% of patients with spina bifida have been diagnosed with a latex allergy. Latex allergy prevalence in the general population is 6.4%, that is about 500 million people worldwide. Currently, the Brazilian Hevea tree is the only source of commercial latex and natural rubber. The Hevea tree takes 8 years to grow in Southeast Asia and its latex causes latex allergy.