Background: Deuterium oxide is a molecule that has been used for decades in several studies
related to human health. Currently, studies on D2O have mobilized a “Race for Patenting” worldwide.
Several patents have been registered from biomedical and technological studies of D2O showing the potential
of this stable isotope in industry and health care ecosystems.
Methods: Most of the patents related to the applications of the deuterium oxide in human health have
been summarized in this review. The following patents databases were consulted: European Patent Office
(Espacenet), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the United States Latin
America Patents (LATIPAT), Patent scope -Search International and National Patent Collections
(WIPO), Google Patents and Free Patents Online.
Results: With this review, the information was collected on recent publications including 22 patents related
to deuterium oxide and its applications in different areas.
Conclusion: This review showed that deuterium oxide is a promising component in different areas, including
biotechnology, chemistry and medicine. In addition, the knowledge of this compound was covered,
reinforcing its importance in the field of biotechnology and human health.