Algal compound a promising anesthetic

Algal compound a promising anesthetic

Anesthesiologynews.com reports that the first-in-human trial of an algal compound used for anesthetic purposes was reported at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2014 annual meeting in New Orleans and was named the “Best Clinical Abstract.” “Neosaxitoxin has prolonged local anesthesia when…

Solazyme reports 2014 results

Solazyme reports 2014 results

Solazyme has announced that total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $14.5 million, compared with $11.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 29%. Fourth quarter GAAP net loss was $44.9 million, compared to a net loss of $33.3 million in the prior year period. On a non-GAAP basis…

Matrix accelerates spirulina pigments and proteins

Matrix accelerates spirulina pigments and proteins

Seattle, WA-based Matrix Genetics, a biotechnology company focused on producing safe and sustainable commodities derived from cyanobacteria, has announced what they say is a technology breakthrough allowing for rapid and efficient production of pigments and proteins in Spirulina…

Middle East OPEC countries see a future in algae

Middle East OPEC countries see a future in algae

The global demand for fossil fuels is swelling against a tight economic environment and the Middle East is no exception. The domestic consumption of energy in the region is increasing at an astonishing rate. Saudi Arabia’s consumption of oil and gas has risen by approximately 5.9% over the past five years…

Algatech names new CEO and Chief Scientist

Algatech names new CEO and Chief Scientist

Kibbutz Ketura, Israel-based Algatechnologies, (Algatech) has announced the appointments of Sammy Boussiba PhD., as Chief Scientist, and Ronnie Meninger as CEO. Mr. Hagai Stadler, of Grovepoint (Algatech’s major shareholder) who served in the last two years as an interim CEO will become… [Read the full story]

Algix and CA waste treatment plant talking algae for plastics

Algix and CA waste treatment plant talking algae for plastics

Kevin Valine at the Modesto Bee writes that the California city of Modesto may sell the algae that grows in its roughly 1,000 acres of sewer ponds at its Jennings Road wastewater treatment plant to Algix, a Mississippi-based company that dries the algae and turns it into pellets to make biodegradable plastic…

A*STAR finds another way to harvest algae

A*STAR finds another way to harvest algae

Nanowerk News reports that A*STAR researchers in Singapore have successfully demonstrated how waste biomass from fungal fermentation processes could be used to bind to and harvest microalgae being used in other biotechnology applications. The researchers have demonstrated this procedure…

Algal malaria vaccine advances

Algal malaria vaccine advances

Using a malaria parasite protein produced from algae, paired with an immune-boosting cocktail suitable for use in humans, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine generated antibodies in mice that nearly eliminated mosquito infection by the malaria parasite. The method, published Feb. 17…

FIT awards Algae Technology Research Grant

FIT awards Algae Technology Research Grant

Laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies (FIT), of Scarborough, Maine has awarded its 2014 Algae Technology Research Grant to Coral J. Fung Shek, M.S.E. Candidate, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University… [Read the full story]

DOE algae project launches at Delhi, California

DOE algae project launches at Delhi, California

A U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Biomass Energy Technologies Office (BETO) project, awarded to Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University) in collaboration with MicroBio Engineering, Inc., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory has begun operations at an existing…

A look at the algae-based food landscape 2015

A look at the algae-based food landscape 2015

Nutritionaloutlook.com this month gives a well-rounded survey of how algae’s uses in food, beverage, and supplements keep expanding. Here is an excerpt: Thanks to the 2010 Solazyme Roquette Nutritionals joint venture between Roquette (Lestrem, France) and Solazyme Food Ingredients…

Chilean seaweed prices rise as purchases slow

Chilean seaweed prices rise as purchases slow

Analia Murias writes in fis.com that Chile’s average FOB price of seaweed products exported in the first 11 months of 2014 was $3,503 (USD) per ton, 12.9 percent more than in the same period of 2013. Chilean exports of products made from seaweed generated a total of $268 million… [Read the full story]

Astaxanthin powers Cyanotech’s 3Q up 19%

Astaxanthin powers Cyanotech’s 3Q up 19%

Kailua Kona, Hawaii-based Cyanotech has announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal year 2015, ended December 31, 2014. For the third quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2014, net sales were $8,842,000 compared to $7,438,000, an increase of 19%…

EnAlgae symposium examines algae research around the world

EnAlgae symposium examines algae research around the world

EnAlgae, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, is hosting a symposium showcasing new research on microalgae coming from the UK and further afield, through collaborative projects. The Algae Around the World Symposium will be held March 19, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 06:00 in the Sainsbury Laboratory…

Replacing fish oil with algae in salmon feed

Replacing fish oil with algae in salmon feed

Fish oil is an ideal source of omega-3 in salmon feed, but the capacity to produce farmed salmon using fish oil as the main source of omega-3 in feed is limited, if the farmed salmon itself is to remain a rich source of omega-3. This means that the salmon feed industry needs access to large volumes of new ingredients…

NAA to host Nutraceutical Omega-3 EPA/DHA Workshop in CA

NAA to host Nutraceutical Omega-3 EPA/DHA Workshop in CA

The National Algae Association (NAA) has announced that their next Algae Production Networking Workshop will focus on Nutraceutical Omega-3 EPA/DHA. The workshop, to be held April 23-24 in Richmond, California, will highlight best practices in inoculation, commercial cultivation… [Read the full story]

Algenol secures $25M new funding from BioFields

Algenol secures $25M new funding from BioFields

Fort Myers, FL-based Algenol has announced that it has closed on a $25 million dollar investment from BioFields, a Mexican business group devoted to the development of renewable and clean energy projects. This new investment follows a previous investment of $40 million from BioFields in 2014… [Read the full story]

AlgiSys scaling up for commercial algal omega-3

AlgiSys scaling up for commercial algal omega-3

Cleveland, Ohio-based Algisys, a biotech company producing omega-3 fatty acids from micro-algae for heart and joint health, has announced raising over $6M for the commercial scale up of its algal technology. The company has been developing its technology and scale-up work through collaborations…

Budget request would increase BETO by $21M

Budget request would increase BETO by $21M

President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request, proposing funding levels for the U.S. Department of Energy, has been released and includes $246 million for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). This budget would be a $21 million increase from BETO’s enacted budget for FY 2015… [Read the full story]

PNNL awarded for algal biofuel innovation

PNNL awarded for algal biofuel innovation

Developing renewable fuel from wet algae is one of the latest innovations Richland, Washington-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has successfully driven to the market with the help of commercial partners. As a result, the Federal Laboratory Consortium has honored the Department of Energy’s…

Two algal species discovered in India

Two algal species discovered in India

K.S. Rajgopal writes in TheHindu.com that two bloom-forming algal species were newly discovered recently off the west coast of India. Named Ulva paschima Bast, and Cladophora goensis Bast, the species were discovered by Dr. Felix Bast and two research students working with him, Satej Bhushan and…

ISG Health to market algal nutraceuticals

ISG Health to market algal nutraceuticals

International Sustainability Group, Inc. a green technology company based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, has announced the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary, ISG Health, to develop and commercialize a complete line of algae-based nutraceutical products. “Our new subsidiary brings ISG… [Read the full story]

NCMA to present algal culturing techniques course

NCMA to present algal culturing techniques course

The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) will be offering their annual Algal Culturing Techniques Course May 31-June 5, 2015. For the first time, the course will be held at the new Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Research and Education… [Read the full story]

Algae’s food potential dependent on scalability

Algae’s food potential dependent on scalability

Caroline Scott-Thomas reports on Food Navigator about an online algae discussion on the social media site Reddit where Mars’ chief agricultural officer Howard-Yana Shapiro voiced his opinion that lack of scalability still prevents algae and plant proteins from being used as major food sources. “To date, no one has…

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