Microalgae (including the cyanobacteria) are established commercial sources of high-value chemicals such as β-carotene, astaxanthin, docosahexaenoic acid, eicosahexaenoic acid, phycobilin pigments and algal extracts for use in cosmetics. Microalgae are also increasingly playing a role in cosmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and functional foods. In the last few years, there has been renewed interest in microalgae as commercial sources of these and other high-value compounds, driven in part by the attempts to develop commercially viable biofuels from microalgae. This paper briefly reviews the main existing and potential high-value products which can be derived from microalgae and considers their commercial development with a particular focus on the various aspects which need to be considered on the path to commercialization, using the experience gained in the commercialization of existing algae products.
Aim and framework of this technical webinar by the Chair – Sammy Boussiba (Israel)
13.10 Pitch presentations from each participant in a row (1 minute for each participant) – 40 expected
14.30 Global overview about high value products from microalgae – Sammy Boussiba (Ben-Gurion University – Israel) 40 min. + 5 min. for Q&A
15.15 High value products from algae: Yesterday, today & tomorrow – 10 min. + 5 min. for Q&A, Michael Borowitzka, Murdoch University, Australia
Case studies – 10 min + 5 Q&A
16.00 Omega’s from micro-algae a survey! Inna Khozin-Goldberg, Ben Gurion University, Israel (20 min)
16.25 Are the cyanobacterial exopolysaccharides suitable for developing high value industrial products? Roberto De Philippis, UNIFI, Italy
16.40 Sulfated polysaccharides of red microalgae: the unlimited potential, Soshanna Arad, Ben Gurion University, Israel
16.55 ‘High-value’ carotenoids from Dunaliella salina: phytoene and 9-cis β-carotene, Patricia Harvey, University of Greenwich, UK
17.10 A fresh view on high value products and novel Spirulina-based ingredients, Baruch Dach, AlgaeCore Ltd, Israel
17.25 What next for astaxanthin? Orri Bjornsson, Algalif, Iceland
17.40 Beta-glucans: new opportunity for microalgae, Omer Grundman, Solabia-Algatech Nutrition, Israel
17.55 Conclusions & debate – Sammy Boussiba, Israel
18.45 Closure Jean Paul Cadoret, EABA
19.00 End of the webinar
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Sammy Boussiba –Vice-President of EABA, Ben Gurion University, Israel. Leading world expert in microalgae biotechnologies.