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Heliae Expands Global Footprint with First Joint Venture in Japan

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Gilbert, Ariz. – Heliae today announced a partnership with Japan-based Sincere Corporation, a waste management and recycling company, to form a joint venture and develop a commercial algae production facility in Saga City, Japan. The joint venture has been named Alvita Corporation, and will combine Sincere Corporation’s operational skill, distribution networks and knowledge of the Japanese market with Heliae’s proprietary algae production technology to supply natural astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant with broad health benefits, to the growing health and wellness market in the region. Continue Reading →

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Sun protection for algae

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Sunprotection for AlgaeResearchers at Bielefeld University together with colleagues from Italy and Australia identified a molecular mechanism that microalgae use to protect themselves from damaging environmental stress. According to the researchers, the results of their analysis could be used to speed up the cultivation of algae for the production of valuable products. An advance version of the study is now published online in the internationally renowned journal “Plant Cell”. Continue Reading →

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Avoca Signs Supply Agreement with Synthetic Genomics Inc to Become Domestic Source of Natural Astaxanthin

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Kearny, NJ and La Jolla, CA – Avoca, Inc., a division of Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., has formed a supply agreement with Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI), a privately held company developing and commercializing genomic driven solutions and products in a variety of industries, to extract and commercialize natural astaxanthin from a strain of algae developed by SGI. The multi-year supply agreement also provides Avoca with exclusivity for product sales in North America. Pharmachem Laboratories will be responsible for marketing and sales. SGI is developing this product through their Genovia Bio business unit, which is responsible for the development and commercialization of algal-based food, chemical and fuel products. Financial details were not disclosed. Continue Reading →

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Cellana and Galil Algae Join Up

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San Diego, CA and Kailua-Kona, HI – Cellana, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a letter of intent with Galil Algae Cooperative Agriculture Society Limited, with the objective of partnering for the production of high-value algae products for aquaculture applications. Currently, Cellana produces industrial-scale quantities of ReNew™ Algae – high-value algae biomass rich in Omega-3 nutritional oils, proteins, fuel-grade oils, cosmetic-grade oils, acids, and polysaccharides, as well as other valuable micronutrients – at its Kona Demonstration Facility in Hawaii. At its facility in northern Israel, Galil Algae currently produces a variety of whole-algae products that are rich in Omega-3s for aquaculture applications. Continue Reading →

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Neste Oil strengthens its algae oil procurement program with a new off-take agreement

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RAE algae facilityNeste Oil and Renewable Algae Energy (RAE), a US-based algae biomass producer, have signed a contingent commercial algae oil off-take agreement. Algae oil is one of the alternatives being researched by Neste Oil for use as a feedstock for producing NEXBTL renewable diesel in the future. Continue Reading →

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Microalgae for food and feed markets, an opportunity for EU’s bioeconomy

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The European Union has recently adopted an ambitious strategy for developing the Bioeconomy. In this context, microalgae represent an emerging biological resource of great importance for its potential applications in different fields, in particular as a new source of valuable nutrients for human and animal consumption. A new JRC report provides an in-depth review of microalgae production systems, markets, R&D developments and product pipeline, and unveils the experts’ opinion on Europe’s present and future challenges in the sector. Continue Reading →

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Die Alge als Chemierohstoff

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Chemikern und Biologen der Universität Konstanz gelang die Umwandlung von Algenöl in höherwertige chemische Rohstoffe über die sogenannte isomerisierende Alkoxycarbonylierung. Damit bereiten sie die Grundlage für eine Nutzung von Algen als chemischer Grundstoff für eine große Bandbreite von Materialien und Produkten, noch über die Verwendung der Alge als Ersatzstoff für Rohöl hinaus. Die Forschungsergebnisse wurden aktuell im Wissenschaftsjournal „Angewandte Chemie“ veröffentlicht. Continue Reading →

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Modellprojekt Algentechnologie entsteht in Bad Fallingbostel

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Photobioreaktor SuederelbeMikroalgen spielen in der Fachwelt zunehmend eine wahrnehmbare Rolle – sei es als Rohstofflieferant für die Kosmetik- oder Pharmaindustrie, als Tierfutterzusatz oder als innovative Kraftstoffquelle. Zur Kultivierung von Mikroalgen werden Photobioreaktoren eigesetzt, die je nach Ausführung als Schlüsseltechnologie für einen innovativen Biomassekreislauf gelten. Die in Kürze auf dem Betriebsgelände der Agrar-Energie Obernhausen (AEO) in Bad Fallingbostel-Mengebostel zum Einsatz kommende Technik wird seit einigen Jahren auf dem Campus der Technischen Hochschule in Wildau (Brandenburg) erforscht. Continue Reading →

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ABO Announces Matthew Carr, Ph.D. as New Executive Director

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Washington, DC (June 18, 2014) The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today announced Matthew Carr, Ph.D. as its executive director. Dr. Carr has more than a decade of policy and advocacy experience, most recently serving as Managing Director of the Industrial and Environmental section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). He will be focused on continuing to develop ABO’s membership and lead the organization’s efforts to accelerate the development of algae technologies that serve trillion-dollar markets in fuels, feed, food and chemical industries. Continue Reading →

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