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MicroA scaling up astaxanthin production

March 8, 2016
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

In November 2015 Norwegian Company MicroA and the Scottish GlycoMar announced they were joining forces to set up the first company in the world specializing in the production of polysaccharides from microalgae, Prasinotech Ltd.

In November 2015 Norwegian Company MicroA and the Scottish GlycoMar announced they were joining forces to set up the first company in the world specializing in the production of polysaccharides from microalgae, Prasinotech Ltd.

Norwegian company MicroA has decided to upgrade their existing patented production system in order to industrialize microalgae production in Norway, while maintaining a high level of production efficiency and product quality from their existing technology.

The microalgal biomass they plan to produce will have a content of 4-5% astaxanthin, intended for use in food supplements, cosmetic products, and a candidate for use within the pharmaceutical industry.

A 16 MNOK (€ 2 M) project was initiated in Q1 2016, aiming for further developments in equipment and production technologies for an industrial pilot.

The main goal of the project is to present an industrial scalable and profitable commercial production solution. Test production will start in Q1 2017, with a target for industrial production within a few years, depending on market access.

MicroA received 50% of their funding in grants from Innovation Norway, through their Environmental Technology/Bio-Catalyst program.

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