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Cellana and PIVEG partner for algae commercialization

November 3, 2016
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Cellana’s Kona Demonstration Facility (KDF) on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Cellana’s Kona Demonstration Facility (KDF) on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Cellana, Inc., a leading developer of algae-based products for sustainable nutrition and energy applications, and PIVEG, Inc., a leader in high-specification ingredients for the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, food and beverage, feed and cosmetics industries, have announced that they have signed a letter of intent for the joint development and commercialization of omega-3 oils and other high-value applications from algae biomass.

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. Cellana’s patented ALDUOsystem enables economic, sustainable and consistent production of photosynthetic, non-GMO algae at industrial scale. Cellana intends to construct and operate commercial facilities to produce these products as integrated algae-based biorefineries.

With facilities in Mexico, Peru, and the United States, PIVEG currently produces and sells a variety of high-value pigments and other products derived from diverse natural sources, including marigold, chili peppers, and algae.

Initially, Cellana will supply PIVEG with material from its Kona Demonstration Facility, and PIVEG will use its existing processing equipment and facilities in Central Mexico, while the parties explore the development of larger-scale commercial algae biomass production facilities in Hawaii and Mexico. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Within the algae-based products space, PIVEG already offers AstaMarine, the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis, in a variety of different forms. “Our teams are hard at work exploring several product formulations and applications,” said Roberto Espinoza, CEO of PIVEG. “The specifics of which products will be released first will be determined by January of 2017. The products will be distributed internationally directly by PIVEG and their associated distribution partners.”

“PIVEG’s extensive experience in processing agricultural feedstocks to produce and bring to market high-value products makes them the ideal partner to work with Cellana to rapidly commercialize material from our algae feedstocks,” said Martin Sabarsky, Cellana’s Chief Executive Officer. “Additionally they bring world-class quality systems, which will allow us to bring to market our products with confidence. We are extremely impressed with PIVEG’s people and capabilities, and they are an ideal partner to grow the algae industry.”

“Cellana is a leader in growing diverse algae outdoors using sunlight, and our ability to process Cellana’s algae biomass using our existing equipment and facilities allows us to expand our current portfolio and rapidly introduce additional algae-based products,” added Mr. Espinoza. “We have spent several years exploring the idea of an expansion and additional algae biomass sources and are pleased to partner with Cellana in this endeavor.”

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