Scott Steinford named president of NAXA

Scott Steinford named president of NAXA

The Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA) has chosen Scott Steinford as the new president of the organization. Mr. Steinford has over 15 years’ experience in the dietary supplement industry and replaces Ed Wyszumiala. “Scott’s experience working with associations… [Read the full story]

Algae experiment lost in failed rocket launch

Algae experiment lost in failed rocket launch

Susan Olp reports for the Billings Gazette that a Rocky Mountain College algae experiment, destined for the International Space Station, will live to see another day. The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the experiment, along with other supplies, headed to the International… [Read the full story]

Joule patents direct conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbons

Joule patents direct conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbons

Joule has announced the issuance of a patent on the direct, continuous production of hydrocarbon fuels — extending its ability to target the highest-value molecules of the petroleum distillation process and generate them on demand from sunlight and CO2. U.S. Patent #9,034,629, issued on May 19, 2015… [Read the full story]

Solazyme algal oil for Natura skincare products

Solazyme algal oil for Natura skincare products

Natura Cosméticos S.A. one of Latin America’s largest cosmetics and personal care products company, and Solazyme, Inc. have announced that after successfully completing testing and product validation phases over the past year using Solazyme’s tailored algal oils, Natura is… [Read the full story]

JCU algae researchers win top award

JCU algae researchers win top award

The Centre for Macroalgal Resources & Biotechnology (MACRO) at James Cook University (JCU), Townsville, Australia, has won this year’s United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) World Environment Day Award for its groundbreaking research into using algae… [Read the full story]

Algatech, Fujifilm sign astaxanthin agreement

Algatech, Fujifilm sign astaxanthin agreement

Algatechnologies‬‬ Ltd., (Algatech) has signed a supply and long-term collaboration agreement with Fujifilm Corp. (Fujifilm) in Japan, for its AstaPure® natural astaxanthin ingredients. Fujifilm recently took over as Algatech’s major distributor in Japan and will be promoting astaxanthin… [Read the full story]

CAM to distribute Industrial Plankton algae bioreactors

CAM to distribute Industrial Plankton algae bioreactors

Industrial Plankton Inc. has announced that algae solutions provider Commercial Algae Management (CAM) will distribute its turnkey bioreactors for research, aquaculture and biotech. “We’re excited about Commercial Algae Management carrying our bioreactors,” said Robert Roulston… [Read the full story]

ABO announces preliminary agenda for ABS

ABO announces preliminary agenda for ABS

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) has announced the preliminary agenda for the 9th Annual Algae Biomass Summit — including the plenary and breakout sessions — focusing on advances in algae commercialization, research and finance. The agenda for the Summit, which kicks off with tours… [Read the full story]

USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program webinar

USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program webinar

Those interested in exploring the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program, which offers loan guarantees for advanced biofuel and renewable chemical production facilities, are invited to attend a webinar taking place on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 1:00pm Eastern Time… [Read the full story]

Solazyme’s Wolfson to receive BIO’s Carver Award

Solazyme’s Wolfson to receive BIO’s Carver Award

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has named Solazyme CEO and co-founder Jonathan S. Wolfson as the recipient of its 2015 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. George Washington Carver was one of the founding fathers… [Read the full story]

Algae.Tec to commercialize in Dominican Republic

Algae.Tec to commercialize in Dominican Republic

Algae.Tec has announced a collaboration agreement for the commercialization of its algae production technology with Larimar Energy SRL, of the Dominican Republic. The energy sector for the Dominican Republic currently relies on fossil fuels for more than 90% of its primary energy and the government… [Read the full story]

Early algae patents granted to OriginClear

Early algae patents granted to OriginClear

OriginClear, formerly OriginOil, has announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office recently granted two patents for algae production. The inventors included OriginClear co-founders, Nicholas and Riggs Eckelberry. “We contributed these early patents to our French joint venture… [Read the full story]

Mary Rosenthal student travel grants to ABS

Mary Rosenthal student travel grants to ABS

The Algae Foundation, ABO’s sister organization, is offering $500 travel grants to attend the 9th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Washington, DC, September 29 through October 2, 2015. The purpose of these grants is to provide support for graduate students who would like to attend ABS… [Read the full story]

OriginOil Renames Company ‘OriginClear’

OriginOil Renames Company ‘OriginClear’

OriginOil™ Inc. has announced a name change to OriginClear™ Inc., effective immediately. The company ticker symbol, OOIL, will remain unchanged. “As our company has grown, we’ve learned that our technology can serve a vast number of markets in need of innovative water cleanup… [Read the full story]

Flotek and Solazyme team on drilling fluid technologies

Flotek and Solazyme team on drilling fluid technologies

Flotek Industries, Inc. and Solazyme have entered into agreements to globally commercialize Flocapso™, an advanced drilling fluid additive. Flotek will also market Solazyme’s Encapso™ lubricant – the first commercially available, biodegradable encapsulated lubricant for drilling fluids… [Read the full story]

Algenol joins U.S. mission to China

Algenol joins U.S. mission to China

Fort Myers, Florida-based Algenol has joined the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, on a business development mission to China. Other influential companies including GE, Southern Company, Honeywell, Praxair… [Read the full story]

University of Toledo gets grant for biofuel project

University of Toledo gets grant for biofuel project

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) has announced that the National Science Foundation is awarding a nearly $200,000 grant to the University of Toledo to advance research and develop possible commercial applications of a low-cost product called a “hydrogel” that would make… [Read the full story]

Algal Scientific Secures $7 Million

Algal Scientific Secures $7 Million

Michigan-based Algal Scientific Corporation, a biotech developer and manufacturer of algae-based chemicals and a supplier of related technologies for the food and beverage industries, has closed a $7 million Series B funding round. The investment is being led by Formation 8, with additional… [Read the full story]

Cellana appoints David Anton COO

Cellana appoints David Anton COO

Cellana, Inc., with operations in San Diego and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, has announced that David Anton, Ph.D., has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and elected to the board of directors of the company. In the COO position, Dr. Anton will lead the transition of Cellana’s ALDUO™ algae cultivation… [Read the full story]

ABO 2015 algae industry survey shows optimism

ABO 2015 algae industry survey shows optimism

A survey of the algae industry conducted by the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) broadly shows high expectations for continued growth in the sector as well as increased production of a wide range of algae-derived products. The survey was conducted in February 2015 and includes more than… [Read the full story]

OriginOil launches algae division

OriginOil launches algae division

OriginOil Inc. has announced the launch of its Algae Division, naming Mael Disa-Vingataramin as its President. OriginOil’s Algae Division joins the Petro Division as OriginOil’s latest business unit. Because the company’s Electro Water Separation™ (EWS) has value in multiple… [Read the full story]

bbi-biotech takes on IGV’s PBR business

bbi-biotech takes on IGV’s PBR business

As of March 1, 2015, bbi-biotech GmbH, of Berlin, Germany, has begun integrating IGV Biotech GmbH’s photobioreactors into its own life science product portfolio. A former market leader for glass tube photobioreactors, IGV closed its business last year due to “internal structural reasons…” [Read the full story]

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]

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]

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