Morgan Hill BioEnergy PBR for high productivity

Morgan Hill BioEnergy, Inc. has introduced their proprietary algae photobioreactors, the 100L and 200L, developed for commercial cultivation of highly pure algae biomass ideally for the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries. The company, founded in 2013 in San Jose, California, also focuses on bioenergy and the health…

Cyanotech net sales up 20% for Q-1 FY2018

Cyanotech Corporation has announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, ended June 30, 2017. Compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2017, net sales were $8,809,000 compared to $7,322,000, an increase of 20.3%. Gross profit was $3,603,000, with gross profit margin of 40.9%, compared to gross profit…

Report suggests astaxanthin market @ $2.57 billion by 2025

Adoption of advanced technologies in various stages of natural astaxanthin production, such as microalgae harvesting, cultivation, extraction, and drying, have been major factors driving astaxanthin’s market growth, expected to reach USD $2.57 billion by 2025. The new report, by Grand View Research…

Valensa gets US patent for eye health formula

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to Florida-based Valensa International covering its commercial its EyePro MD formula. The formula includes lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin mixed with omega-3 essential oils from krill, algae or perilla seed, said the company in a press release. Patent No. 9,610,313…

Cyanotech earns Halal certification for astaxanthin

Kailua-Kone, Hawaii-based Cyanotech® Corporation, has announced that its bulk raw material, BioAstin® SCE 5 and vegan BioAstin soft gels, have received halal certification from the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). BioAstin® Hawaiian Astaxanthin® is marketed as a natural…

One for the Kids

Natural product, nutrition and biotechnology industry consultant Dr. Mark JS Miller, dives into the science behind nutritional supplements. In this installment, Dr. Miller breaks down astaxanthin, the powerful and increasingly popular antioxidant made from microalgae…

Cyanotech reports 2017 financial results

Kailua Kona-based Cyanotech Corporation has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017, ended March 31, 2017. For fiscal 2017 compared to fiscal 2016, net sales were $32,042,000 compared to $31,840,000, an increase of 0.6%. Gross profit was $12,224,000, with gross profit margin…

Astaxanthin may reduce heart rate in runners

Whole Foods Magazine has published a story about Algae Health Sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of BGG, announcing in a press release the results of a clinical trial published by the American College of Sports Nutrition, studying the firm’s AstaZine Natural Astaxanthin on runners. Results showed heart rate was reduced…

MBD Energy’s astaxanthin plant nears completion

Tony Raggatt writes in Australia’s townsvillebulletin.com that a “prized” red algae is set to be the next big but unlikely cash crop of the Burdekin shire. Melbourne-based waste recycling company MBD Energy is nearing completion of what will be Australia’s first astaxanthin plant near Alva Beach, growing algae as part…

On the intrigue surrounding astaxanthin

Jasenka Piljac Zegarac writes in nutritionaloutlook.com that the health-promoting properties of astaxanthin, the red, fat-soluble pigment found in freshwater microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis, continue to intrigue health-savvy consumers worldwide. According to a 2015 report from Research and Markets, the global market…

AstaReal astaxanthin attains halal certification

The AstaReal Group has announced that it is now offering Japan-made natural astaxanthin ingredients produced by Fuji Chemical Industries Co., Ltd. that are certified by the Japan Muslim Association. This halal certification enables manufacturers to formulate products with the benefits of natural astaxanthin…

Astaxanthin Anti-aging

Honolulu, Hawaii-based Cardax, Inc. and the University of Hawaii have announced that Cardax’s proprietary astaxanthin compound, CDX-085, demonstrated an almost 90% increase in FOXO3 gene, the so-called “longevity gene,” expression in mice (p=0.024). This research was conducted by UH scientists…

Astaxanthin Production

Take a tour of Iceland’s Algalif astaxanthin production facility with rigorous quality and sustainability standards, and hear from their staff about the benefits of this powerful antioxident with applications for skin health, anti-aging, muscle endurance/recovery, cardiovascular health and more….

AstaReal astaxanthin approved for pet supplementation

AstaReal USA has earned the distinction of being the National Animal Supplement Council’s (NASC) first qualified brand of natural astaxanthin for use in pet supplementation. The National Animal Supplement Council is a nonprofit trade organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing… [Read the full story]

Healthy Origins astaxanthin receives NAXA seal

The Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA) has announced that Healthy Origins® astaxanthin products have qualified for the NAXA verification seal. The NAXA Verification Program (NAVP) involves testing products to verify they contain natural algae astaxanthin derived from Haematococcus pluvialis…

WholeFoods calls astaxanthin “King of Carotenoids”

WholeFoods Magazine, a shopper’s guide to current health and nutrition information, and new and emerging product categories, has in its current issue dubbed astaxanthin “The King of Carotenoids.” The issue takes a deep look at practical information on the algal-derived super antioxident, describing its broad palate of…

The “promisability” of algae

So, what can we learn from the 10th Algae Biomass Summit, now in session in Phoenix, one of the nascent industry’s hub locations? For those who have attended this major industry mile marker through its tenured history, the news is as diverse as the product offerings now coming to market… [Read the full story]

Astaxanthin suppliers exploring new algae strains

Jennifer Grebow reports for Nutritional Outlook magazine from the SupplySide West ingredient trade show in Las Vegas that, according to natural astaxanthin suppliers, the industry’s struggles to meet rising demand with supply are a thing of the past. Suppliers are now looking forward with a focus on new research…

Astaxanthin program to treat Sarcopenia

Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle. In sarcopenia, muscle mass, quality, and strength progressively decreases beyond the normal aging process, compromising physical function and independence, increasing risk of disability, and lowering quality of life in older adults. Although it is estimated that sarcopenia…

Boosting astaxanthin production with a biorefinery approach

Biofuel production is unlikely to be possible without the development of major low-energy and low-cost breakthrough technologies for cultivation, dewatering, and harvesting. Meanwhile, the high cost of microalgae cultivation and processing technologies can be justified by producing high-value nutraceutical compounds…

All About Astaxanthin

Here’s the first in a series of videos about everything astaxanthin, where interviewer Roslun Nuttley Moore visits Cyanotech, the worlds largest grower of microalgae, and talks with founder, Chief Science Officer, and Interim President/CEO Dr. Gerry Cysewski about how they grow and manufacturer Hawaiian Natural Astaxanthin…

ArcticFarma and BGG resolve astaxanthin branding conflict

Natural Icelandic astaxanthin supplier, ArcticFarma, has reached an agreement with a subsidiary of China-based BGG to rename itself in order to avoid market confusion. “BGG’s launch of Algae Life Sciences immediately raised concerns about confusion in the marketplace due to the similarities… [Read the full story]

AstaReal Inc. expanding operations

Rodney Harwood writes in columbiabasinherald.com that astaxanthin makers, the AstaReal Group, after two years in their $34 million, 59,000 square-foot factory in Moses Lake, Washington, will invest an additional $30 million and create 50 new jobs within the next two years… [Read the full story]

Taiwan Cement to expand microalgae production

Kuo Chia-erh reports for Taipei Times that Taiwan Cement Corp, the nation’s leading cement supplier, has announced plans to expand its microalgae farm, which produces astaxanthin. The expanded plant is expected to become operational in the first half of next year, Taiwan Cement chairman Leslie Koo told reporters…

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