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Microalgae for health

History

Microalgae and cyanobacteria are microscopic single-cell life forms, present in aquatic environments for 4 billion years. They share an extraordinary power with the plant world: photosynthesis, i.e., the ability to use sunlight to attach carbon dioxide, make it living matter and release oxygen. So then, they made it possible for earth’s atmosphere to be created and, thus, for life to develop on our Planet.

Alpha Biotech – The Pioneers

In 1993, Alpha Biotech created the first microalgae farm in open pools in France. In 1997 it moved to Assérac, in the heart of the salt marshes of the Guérande peninsula. Nearly three decades of selection of the best strains and uncompromising cultivation of microalgae have allowed the company to acquire exceptional know-how and expertise, recognized around the world. Value is derived from the biomass of its pools and its photobioreactors in the form of active extracts, objectified through research work with the best French and European laboratories.

In 2016, the company opened a specialized production unit in Guérande, intended to extract the active ingredients from fresh microalgae biomass. In order to preserve all of the biological properties of these molecules, a patented cold extraction process, in water, (without solvents or chemicals) was implemented. Formulated and packaged to measure, these molecules of interest are then offered to customers as ingredients or as finished products.

A pioneer in deriving value from biomass extracts of very high added value, Alpha Biotech offers effective ingredients for operators in the cosmetics and nutraceutical industries. It also markets its own line of food supplements to individual consumers or professionals wishing to resell them to their own customers.

Alpha Biotech – The Pioneers

Alpha Biotech – The Pioneers

In 1993, Alpha Biotech created the first microalgae farm in open pools in France. In 1997 it moved to Assérac, in the heart of the salt marshes of the Guérande peninsula. Nearly three decades of selection of the best strains and uncompromising cultivation of microalgae have allowed the company to acquire exceptional know-how and expertise, recognized around the world. Value is derived from the biomass of its pools and its photobioreactors in the form of active extracts, objectified through research work with the best French and European laboratories.

In 2016, the company opened a specialized production unit in Guérande, intended to extract the active ingredients from fresh microalgae biomass. In order to preserve all of the biological properties of these molecules, a patented cold extraction process, in water, (without solvents or chemicals) was implemented. Formulated and packaged to measure, these molecules of interest are then offered to customers as ingredients or as finished products.

A pioneer in deriving value from biomass extracts of very high added value, Alpha Biotech offers effective ingredients for operators in the cosmetics and nutraceutical industries. It also markets its own line of food supplements to individual consumers or professionals wishing to resell them to their own customers.

AlgoSource Technologies – The Experts

In 2008, Dr. Jack Legrand, Olivier Lépine, Philippe Dréno and Dr. Jean Jenck decided to create AlgoSource Technologies, a research and consultancy firm offering a full range of services, from production engineering to the recovery of factory effluents within a system of industrial ecology. Located at the premises of the GEPEA laboratory – University of Nantes and CNRS Joint Research Unit, specialist in Bioprocess Engineering applied to microalgae – in Saint-Nazaire, AlgoSource Technologies advises and assists its clients in matters related to the cultivation of microalgae, associated applications and their components in different markets. Its expertise covers all processes:

  • the search for new molecules of interest from microalgae
  • setting up production in open pools or photobioreactors
  • implementation of circular economic systems and assistance with industrial production
  • development of extraction processes to protect identified active properties
  • marketing studies

The rapidly recognized expertise of this research firm made it an actor who was called upon regularly to contribute to international research consortia, whether on the search for innovative applications or on the study of new strains.

AlgoSource Technologies – The Experts

AlgoSource Technologies – The Experts

In 2008, Dr. Jack Legrand, Olivier Lépine, Philippe Dréno and Dr. Jean Jenck decided to create AlgoSource Technologies, a research and consultancy firm offering a full range of services, from production engineering to the recovery of factory effluents within a system of industrial ecology. Located at the premises of the GEPEA laboratory – University of Nantes and CNRS Joint Research Unit, specialist in Bioprocess Engineering applied to microalgae – in Saint-Nazaire, AlgoSource Technologies advises and assists its clients in matters related to the cultivation of microalgae, associated applications and their components in different markets. Its expertise covers all processes:

  • the search for new molecules of interest from microalgae
  • setting up production in open pools or photobioreactors
  • implementation of circular economic systems and assistance with industrial production
  • development of extraction processes to protect identified active properties
  • marketing studies

The rapidly recognized expertise of this research firm made it an actor who was called upon regularly to contribute to international research consortia, whether on the search for innovative applications or on the study of new strains.

AlgoSource – A company devoted to benefiting health through microalgae

In 2012, joined by Doctors Pascal Jaouen and Jérémy Pruvost, the team created the AlgoSource group by merging the two existing companies mentioned above. This consolidation made it possible for the know-how of AlgoSource to be present throughout the value chain for microalgae:

  • Selection and maintenance of strains with high growth potential and high functional value
  • Client-specific extraction, formulation and packaging of bioactive molecules of interest
  • Fundamental and applicative research, internally or within international consortia
  • Scientific and clinical objectification of properties
  • Industrialization of production for wide distribution of active ingredients from microalgae

AlgoSource, bolstered by almost three decades of experience in the microalgal sphere, draws on the long experience of Alpha Biotech in selection, production and extraction, and on the expertise of AlgoSource Technologies in microalgal engineering, to be able to offer the very quintessence of microalgae to actors in cosmetics, nutraceuticals and health nutrition.

Thanks to this legitimacy and this know-how from a 360-degree perspective, AlgoSource chose to focus on a field of application with high added value, health:

  • Human health (nutraceutical, supportive care, preventive care)
  • Animal health (preventive care)
  • Skin health (natural ingredients with high added value)
  • Plant health (crop support)
AlgoSource – A company devoted to benefiting health through microalgae

AlgoSource – A company devoted to benefiting health through microalgae

In 2012, joined by Doctors Pascal Jaouen and Jérémy Pruvost, the team created the AlgoSource group by merging the two existing companies mentioned above. This consolidation made it possible for the know-how of AlgoSource to be present throughout the value chain for microalgae:

  • Selection and maintenance of strains with high growth potential and high functional value
  • Client-specific extraction, formulation and packaging of bioactive molecules of interest
  • Fundamental and applicative research, internally or within international consortia
  • Scientific and clinical objectification of properties
  • Industrialization of production for wide distribution of active ingredients from microalgae

AlgoSource, bolstered by almost three decades of experience in the microalgal sphere, draws on the long experience of Alpha Biotech in selection, production and extraction, and on the expertise of AlgoSource Technologies in microalgal engineering, to be able to offer the very quintessence of microalgae to actors in cosmetics, nutraceuticals and health nutrition.

Thanks to this legitimacy and this know-how from a 360-degree perspective, AlgoSource chose to focus on a field of application with high added value, health:

  • Human health (nutraceutical, supportive care, preventive care)
  • Animal health (preventive care)
  • Skin health (natural ingredients with high added value)
  • Plant health (crop support)

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