Recent News

Pharma Industry Awards Shortlist 2018

Congratulations to The Pharma Industry Awards 2018 finalists! The winners will be revealed at the gala awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 23rd, at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.... read more

Sports nutrition and encapsulation – Dairy Reporter

This week, the Dairy Dialog weekly podcast takes a short trip across the Irish Ocean to look at the work of Dr Brendan Egan, Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Physiology in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dublin City... read more

AnaBio appoints Dan MacSweeney as Chairman

  Dan MacSweeney has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Irish biotechnology company AnaBio Technologies. Dan MacSweeney has served for 25 years as CEO of Carbery Group, an Irish based cheese and food ingredients business. He led the company... read more

AnaBio is delivering in precision nutrition

  AnaBio is rapidly establishing itself in the field of science-driven delivery of precision ingredients. Founder Sinéad Bleiel spoke to Claire O’Connell. AnaBio Technologies is, quite literally, a company that delivers. The 20-strong enterprise specialises in... read more

AnaBio Technologies achieves ISO 9001 certification

AnaBio Technologies has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification for commercial offerings of environmentally sustainable science-based proven technology solutions for the food, feed and pharmaceuticals industries. The company was assessed and certified by Certification... read more

Journal of Dietary Supplements

Plasma Creatine Kinetics After Ingestion of Microencapsulated Creatine Monohydrate with Enhanced Stability in Aqueous Solutions Michelle Hone , BSc, Robert M. Kent , PhD, Alessandro Scotto di Palumbo , PhD, Sinead B. Bleiel , PhD, Giuseppe De Vito , MD, PhD &... read more

AnaBio looks to dairy for encapsulation

AnaBio Technologies Ltd. is an Irish company providing encapsulation and commercial contract manufacture for the stabilization of food, pharmaceutical and animal health products…. Read the full Article... read more

Research Innovation Awards

AnaBio Technologies Ltd. – Research Innovation Awards in association with the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the The Royal Irish Academy.   Read the full article here:... read more

Effective Microencapsulation for Infant Formula Markets

Dr. Robert Kent of AnaBio Technologies discusses truly effective microencapsulation for infant formula markets in the life stages theatre at Vitafoods Europe. Thermal Protection of innovative ingredients for added functional effects and product versatility... read more

AnaBio Making waves in Innovation

AnaBio Making waves in Innovation   AnaBio Technologies scoops graduate business innovation award A technique using milk proteins and other biomaterials to create capsules that can protect and deliver sensitive ingredients to a target site has won the Ignite... read more

AnaBio proud to have links with UCC

AnaBio proud to have links with UCC IGNITE sparks entrepreneurial spirit and the future is looking bright: AnaBio wins Cork Chamber Emerging Company of the... read more

Positioning Ireland as a Global Innovation Hub by 2020

AnaBio’s own Stefan Buzoianu will be presenting “Encapsulation for ingredient optimisation in food, feed and pharma” at the 2016 Research and Innovation Conference & Exhibition on the 3rd March 2016 in Croke Park. Innovate Ireland Website Stefan... read more

RTE Science Squad 15th November

Dr. Sinéad Bleiel of AnaBio will appear on RTÉ’s 10 Things To Know About tonight at 8:30pm. Dr. Bleiel will be discussing how encapsulation technologies are revolutionising the stabilisation and protection of food, pharmaceutical and animal health products against... read more

Winner of Emerging Company of the Year 2014

Dr Sinéad Doherty, Founder & CEO, AnaBio Technologies The Emerging Company Award was presented to Dr Sinéad Doherty, on behalf of AnaBio Technologies. Dr Doherty said, “I am thrilled and honoured to receive this Award on behalf of our team at AnaBio. In such a... read more

Encapsulating Nutrients with Pea Protein

In consideration of the often artificial and expensive methods for encapsulating nutrients, AnaBio Technologies Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland) is ready to commercialize a food-grade alternative in pea protein encapsulation. The technology is currently available for licensing... read more


One of AnaBio’s greatest achievements involves the development of cost efficient encapsulation systems using natural, food-grade, low-cost materials with no artificial additives, excipients or agents. Hence, AnaBio provides bespoke scientific ‘know-how’ and novel ingredient delivery systems for industry clients seeking to access new markets or planning product upgrades. At present, AnaBio is working with milk and vegetable proteins, hydrocolloids, fibres, prebiotics and plant extracts to generate innovative capsule systems. To date, AnaBio has formulated patented encapsulation systems using UHT milk, proteins (vegetable and dairy), citrus fibres, prebiotics, pectins, carrageenans and alginate mixtures.

Awards & Nominations

Emerging Company of the Year 2014
Bank of Ireland IGNITE Company of the Year 2013
Outstanding Person of the Year 2013
Cork Person of the Month (August) 2013
Finalist for Emerging Company of the Year 2013
Finalist for Cork Person of the Year 2013

Publications & Links



Doherty, S.B., Gee, V.L., Ross, R.P., Stanton, C., Fitzgerald, G.F., and Brodkorb, A., 2010. Efficacy of whey protein gel networks as potential viability-enhancing scaffolds for cell immobilization of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 80, 231-241.

Doherty, S.B., Wang, L., Ross, R.P., Stanton, C., Fitzgerald, G.F., Brodkorb, A., 2010a. Use of viability staining in combination with Flow Cytometry for rapid viability assessment of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG in complex protein matrices. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 82, 301-310.

Doherty, Auty, M.A., Ross, R.P., Stanton, C., Fitzgerald, G.F., Brodkorb, A., 2011a. Development and characterisation of whey protein micro-beads as potential matrices for probiotic protection. Food Hydrocolloids 25, 1604-1617.

Doherty, S.B., Auty, M.A., Stanton, C., Ross, R.P., Fitzgerald, G.F., Brodkorb, 2011b. Survival of entrapped Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG in whey protein micro-beads during simulated ex vivo gastro-intestinal transit. International Dairy Journal, In Press (September 2011).

Doherty, S.B., Upadrasta, A., Lawlor, P.G., Ross, R.P., Stanton, C., Fitzgerald, G.F., Brodkorb, A., 2011c. Evaluation of whey protein micro-bead transit time in the porcine gastro-intestinal tract, Journal of Microencapsulation, Accepted, October 2011.

Doherty, S.B., Auty, M.A., Ross, R.P., Stanton, C., Fitzgerald, G.F., Brodkorb, A., 2011d. Application of whey protein micro-bead coatings for enhanced strength and probiotic protection during fruit juice storage and gastric incubation, Journal of Micriencapsulation, Accepted, October, 2011.

Doherty, S.B., Upadrasta, A., Auty, M.A.E., Lawlor, P.G., Walsh, M.C., Ross, R.P., Stanton, C., Fitzgerald, G.F. and Brodkorb, A. (2011e). Application of whey protein micro-beads for improved probiotic delivery and functionality during in vivo gastro- intestinal transit, Submitted.

Pre/probiotic encapsulation technology for novel infant and toddler formulations. (Presentation) Probiota 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 4-5th February 2014.

Kent R.M., Stack H.M., O’Connor P.M., Fitzgerald G.F., Hill C., Stanton C., Ross R.P. Enzymatic production of casein-derived bioactive peptides; In silico prediction to pilot scale. Submission in progress

Guinane C.M., Kent R.M., O’Connor P.M., Fitzgerald G.F., Hill C., Stanton C., Ross R.P. Recombinant Lactobacillus paracasei strain producing active gut hormone Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Submission in progress

Maher S., Heade J., Waters S., Bleiel S.B., Brayden D.J., (2018), “Effects of surfactant-based permeation enhancers on mannitol permeability, histology, and electrogenic ion transport responses in excised rat colonic mucosae” Int. J. Pharm

Prieto M.L., O’Sullivan L., Tan S.P., McLoughlin P., Hughes H., O’Donovan O. Rea M.C., Kent R.M., Cassidy, J.P., Gardiner G.E., Lawlor P.G. Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of a marine-derived Bacillus strain for use as an in-feed probiotic for newly weaned pigs PLoS One. 2014 (Accepted for Publication)

Kent R.M., Guinane C.M., O’Connor P.M., Fitzgerald G.F., Hill C., Stanton C., Ross R.P. Production of the antimicrobial peptides caseicin A and B by Bacillus isolates growing on sodium caseinate. Letters in Applied Microbiology 2012 Aug; 55(2): 141-148.

O’Sullivan O.O., Kent R.M., Stack H.M., Fitzgerald G.F., Stanton C., Ross R.P. The genome sequence of the probiotic lactic acid bacteria, Lactobacillus paracasei NFBC 338. (Poster presentation) LAB 10: 10th Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria; Egmond an Zee, The Netherlands, Aug. 28th-Sept. 1st 2011.

Heade J., Maher S., Bleiel S.B., Brayden D.J., (2018), “Labrasol® and salts of medium chain fatty acids can be combined in low concentrations to increase the permeability of a macromolecule marker across isolated rat intestinal mucosae” J. Pharm. Sci. (under review)

Guinane C.M., Kent R.M., Norberg S., Hill C., Fitzgerald G.F., Stanton C., Ross R.P.Host specific diversity in Lactobacillus johnsonii as evidenced by a major chromosomal inversion and phage resistance mechanisms. PLoS One. 2011 Apr 20;6(4):e18740.

Guinane C.M., Kent R.M., Hill C., Fitzgerald G.F., Stanton C., Ross R.P Genomic rearrangements in the intestinal bacterium Lactobacillus johnsonii. (Poster presentation) US/Ireland Functional Foods Conference 2010, Cork, Ireland.

RM Kent, SB Doherty:  Probiotic bacteria in infant formula and follow-up formula: Microencapsulation using milk and pea proteins to improve microbiological quality – Food research international, 2014 – Elsevier

PM Ryan, E Patterson, RM Kent, H Stack…  Recombinant Incretin-Secreting Microbe Improves Metabolic Dysfunction in High-Fat Diet Fed Rodents; – Scientific Reports, 2017

SB Bleiel, RM Kent, A Brodkorb Encapsulation Efficiency and Capacity of Bioactive Delivery Systems  Engineering Foods for Bioactives 2017

CM Guinane, RM Kent, S Norberg, PM O’Connor… Generation of the antimicrobial peptide caseicin A from casein by hydrolysis with thermolysin enzymes – International Dairy Journal, 2015 – Elsevier

Plasma Creatine Kinetics After Ingestion of Microencapsulated Creatine Monohydrate with Enhanced Stability in Aqueous Solutions

M Hone, RM Kent, A Scotto di Palumbo… – Journal of dietary Supplements 2017





Peer Reviewed

Maher S. Ryan B. Duffy A. and Brayden D.J. (2014). Formulation strategies to improve oral peptide delivery: a patent review. Pharmaceutical Patent analyst (submitted)

Gaudel C. Nongonierma AB. Maher S. Flynn S. Krause M. Murray BA. Kelly PM. Baird AW FitzGerald RJ Newsholme P. (2013) Effect of a whey protein hydrolysate on insulin secretion from a clonal pancreatic beta cell line and influence on glycemic function in ob/ob mice. Journal of Nutrition 143(7):1109-14

Petersen SB, Nolan G, Maher S, Rahbek UL, Guldbrandt M, Brayden DJ (2012). Evaluation of alkyl maltosides as intestinal permeation enhancers: Comparison between rat intestinal mucosal sheets and Caco-2 monolayers. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Science (47(4):701-12)

Mohan HM, Collins D, Walsh EG, Maher S, Winter DC, O’Brien PJ, Brayden DJ, Baird AW (2012) The Mycotoxin Patulin Increases Colonic Epithelial Permeability in Vitro. Food and Chemical Toxicology (50(11):4097-102).

Bahar B, O’Doherty JV, Maher S, McMorrow J, Sweeney T (2012) Chitooligosaccharide elicits acute inflammatory cytokine response through AP-1 pathway in human intestinal epithelial-like (Caco-2) cells Molecular Immunology 51, (3-4), 283-291.

Maher S. and Brayden D.J. (2011). Overcoming poor permeability: Translating permeation enhancers for oral peptide delivery. Drug Discovery Today Technologies 9 (2) e13-e1

Walsh EG, Adamczyk BE, Chalasani KB, Maher S, O’Toole EB, Fox JS, Leonard TW, Brayden DJ (2011) Oral delivery of macromolecules: rationale underpinning gastrointestinal permeation enhancement technology (GIPET®). Therapeutic Delivery 2, (12) 1595-1610.

Walsh EG, Maher S. O’Brien PJ, Baird AW, Brayden DJ (2011). High content screening to determine cytotoxicity of the antimicrobial peptide melittin and selected structural analogues. Peptides 32 (8) 1764-1773

Wang X, Maher S, Brayden DJ (2010). Rapid restoration of the colonic epithelium of rats after in situ instillation of the absorption promoter, sodium caprate. Therapeutic Delivery 1 (1) 75-82.

Brayden DJ and Maher S (2010). Oral absorption enhancement-taking the next steps in therapeutic delivery. Therapeutic Delivery 1 (1) 5-9.

Maher S, Devocelle M, Ryan S, McClean S, Brayden DJ (2010). Impact of amino acid replacements on in vitro permeation enhancement and cytotoxicity of the intestinal absorption promoter, melittin. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 387 (1-2) 154 160.

Maher S, Leonard M, Jacobsen J, Brayden DJ (2009). Safety and efficacy of sodium caprate in promoting oral drug absorption: from in vitro and in vivo studies. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews 61(15) 1427-49.

Maher S, Wang X, McClean S, Brayden DJ (2009). Evaluation of intestinal absorption enhancement and local mucosal toxicity of melittin and sodium caprate II: In situ rat instillation and perfusion. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Science 38(4):301-11.

Maher S, Kennelly R, Bzik V, Baird A, Winters DC, Brayden DJ (2009). Evaluation of intestinal absorption enhancement and local mucosal toxicity of melittin and sodium caprate I: Isolated rat and human colonic mucosa. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Science 38(4):291-300

Maher S, Vilk G, Kelleher F, Lajoie G, McClean S (2009). Chemical modification of the carboxyl terminal of nisin A with biotin does not abolish antimicrobial activity against indicator organism, Kocuria rhizophila. Peptide Research and therapeutics 15: 219-226.

Maher S, Brayden DJ, Feighery L, McClean S (2008). Cracking the junction: update on the progress of gastrointestinal absorption enhancement in the delivery of poorly absorbed drugs. Critical reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems 25:117-68.

Maher S, McClean S (2008). Melittin exhibits necrotic cytotoxicity in gastrointestinal cells which is attenuated by cholesterol. Biochemical Pharmacology 75:1104-14.

Maher S, Feighery L, Brayden DJ, McClean S (2007). Melittin as a permeability enhancer II: in vitro investigations in human mucus secreting intestinal monolayers and rat colonic mucosae. Pharmaceutical Research 24:1346-56.

Maher S, Feighery L, Brayden DJ, McClean S (2007). Melittin as an epithelial permeability enhancer I: investigation of its mechanism of action in Caco-2 monolayers. Pharmaceutical research 24:1336-45.

Maher S, McClean S (2006). Investigation of the cytotoxicity of eukaryotic and prokaryotic antimicrobial peptides in intestinal epithelial cells in vitro. Biochemical Pharmacology 71:1289-98.

Non Peer Reviewed

Maher S. Farrell A. (2012) Delivering the Benefits of Functional Foods (Dairy Industry International)


“Flow Cytometry – Recent Perspectives”, ISBN 979-953-307-355-1

Book Chapters

Maher S, Ahmad T, Ryan K, O’Driscoll CM, Brayden DJ, (2011). Nanostructures Overcoming the Intestinal Barrier: Physiological Considerations and Mechanistic Issues. In Alonso MJ and Csaba NS (Eds) Nanostructured biomaterials for overcoming biological barriers. RCS Publishing, UK Chapter II (39-62)

Ryan K, Maher S, Brayden DJ, O’Driscoll CM (2012). Nanostructures Overcoming the Intestinal Barrier: Drug Delivery Strategies. In Alonso MJ and Csaba NS (Eds) Nanostructured biomaterials for overcoming biological barriers. RCS Publishing, UK (63-90)


Brodkorb, A., Doherty, S., Ross, P. R., Fitzgerald, G., & Stanton, C. (2009). Bioencapsulation- creating a safe haven for sensitive ingredients. Tnet Research, 4 (1).