Energizer Resources, Inc. (ENZR)
It has been called the plastic of the 21st century, a strategic rare metallic element with remarkable properties that are especially important for today's rising technologies, such as lithium-ion batteries. But it's an element that is almost exclusively (98%) mined in South Africa, China, and Russia, typically from vanadium-bearing magnetite that requires considerable processing.
That's why a discovery in Madagascar has brought Energizer Resources, Inc. (ENZR), a Canadian based minerals exploration company, to the attention of investors. The company has 100% interest in what is called the Green Giant project, a 225 square kilometer property in south central Madagascar. Little if any modern exploration for mineral deposits has been completed in this part of Madagascar, and the Green Giant property drillings have now shown it to be one of the largest vanadium deposits in the world. Moreover, the deposit is unique from other known vanadium deposits, because it is sediment-hosted, not magnetite hosted. Sediment-hosted vanadium requires less processing, and is expected to produce high-purity battery grade vanadium pentoxide (V2O5).
Although the project will require the upgrading of the area's transportation and power infrastructure, Energizer Resources is working with Asia-Thai Mining, one of the owners of a nearby coal project, on a transportation upgrade sharing program. A National Instrument 43-101 compliant preliminary economic assessment (PEA) has been initiated with DRA Mineral Projects.
Vanadium is considered a strategic metal, both for performance and cost. Its primary quality is its ability to enhance the properties of things with which it is mixed. It can make things stronger, lighter, more efficient, or more powerful. For example, only a small amount of vanadium is required to dramatically increase the tensile strength of steel, making vanadium essential in construction applications. In addition, it is important in aerospace and other industries for things like vanadium-titanium alloys, offering the best strength-to-weight ratio of any engineered material. But vanadium has also become critical to battery technology, increasing the energy density and voltage of lithium-ion batteries, important for improving the performance of electric and hybrid vehicles.
Energizer, the only company actively working to produce a battery grade vanadium pentoxide as a primary product, is targeting Green Giant production for the end of 2014.
Additional information is available at the company's website, www.EnergizerResources.com
Fibrocell Science, Inc. (FCSC)
When you look in a mirror, do you see saggy cheek wrinkles running down at an angle from each side of your nose? If so, you're on your way to understanding the significance of a biotech company called Fibrocell Science, Inc. (FCSC). Those wrinkles are called nasolabial fold wrinkles, and are considered the single most revealing indicator of your real age. Try it yourself. Use your hands to stretch your face back so that those sag wrinkles go away, and notice how much younger your face looks.
Developing an effective and affordable non-invasive anti-wrinkle treatment is cosmetic's Holy Grail, and Fibrocell Science may have discovered the answer. The company has made major breakthroughs in developing a way to remove, regenerate, and reintroduce a person's own fibroblasts, cells that contribute to the formation of connective tissue fibers that are critical to skin elasticity and tissue repair.
The patented process is called Fibrocell Therapy, and involves the generation and injection of azficel-T, a personalized treatment based upon the person's own cells.
- The process begins by removing a small sample of cells from behind a patient's ear, and sending it to the company's advanced production facility in Pennsylvania, controlled by FDA defined Current Good Manufacturing Practices – cGMP.
- There the cells go through a process that expands fibroblasts into hundreds of millions of new cells, which are then formulated into an autologous cellular therapy.
- Cells are frozen and used for multiple treatment sessions.
- The formulated therapy is then reintroduced into the patient's own skin by injection, with the goal of increasing the local population of fibroblasts and collagen formation.
In controlled clinical studies, a significant improvement in the appearance of nasolabial fold wrinkles was observed after injecting azficel-T. Fibrocell even has a proposed brand name for the eventual product - laViv®. Given that the global anti-aging market could approach $275 billion by 2013, it's a name worth remembering.
But Fibrocell's future is based upon more than the golden nugget of wrinkle removal. Fibroblasts are important for things like wound healing. The company is focused on the development of personalized autologous (derived or transferred from the same individual's body) cell therapies for aesthetic, medical, and scientific applications. Fibrocell's future scientific focus will be on regenerative medicine that leverages the direct and indirect therapeutic benefit of fibroblasts, and they are working with UCLA in a research collaboration involving autologous stem cell research.
For additional information, visit the company's website at www.FibroCellScience.com
MusclePharm Corp. (MSLP)
It's considered one of the hottest global markets, jumping from $27.8 billion in 2007 to $31.2 billion by 2008, and is expected to reach $91.8 billion by 2013. It's the sports nutrition and high energy supplements market, feeding off the growing worldwide fitness trend, with the U.S. leading the way. Once primarily dominated by young body-building males, it's a market in which women, often taking up sports and exercise to complement diets, are playing an increasing part. More than ever, health is a major issue for consumers, but food, drink, and supplement products that specifically target the sports and exercise market are aimed at an especially dedicated audience.
The sports nutrition and high energy supplements market is made up of sports beverages, by far the largest portion, sports foods, and sports supplements. The sports supplements segment is the baby of the group, with sales of $1.1 billion in 2007, but with that figure expected to more than double by 2013. Because sports related supplements have had a controversial role in professional sports, it's critical that such products be free of any banned substances and be backed up by testing and verification.
One of the best examples of a company doing it the right way is MusclePharm Corp. (MSLP), a Colorado based producer of nutritional supplements that have been scientifically approved and are 100% free of banned substances. Their products go through a long development process, involving leading nutrition scientists and doctors, as well as top professional athletes. MusclePharm is one of the first to use the field as its laboratory, truly combining science with athletics. At the company's 30,000 sf training facility, they use state-of-the-art technology like Omega Wave, DEXA, and Kaiser performance equipment to gather feedback about their formulations. They then have a medical advisory team, strength coaches, and top fitness experts, evaluate the results to judge the true effectiveness of the products.
MusclePharm products are now sold around the world, including at thousands of retail outlets in the U.S., such as health food giant GNC. They're also sold at over 100 online stores, including Amazon.com and BodyBuilding.com. MusclePharm is one of the top sellers at BodyBuilding.com, which is the largest online retail outlet for sports nutrition products. The company's goal is to become the nutritional supplement line of choice for serious athletes around the world. The brand has grown to the point that they recently launched a MusclePharm apparel line, capitalizing on the increasingly trendy MusclePharm name.
For additional information, visit the company's website at www.MusclePharm.com