Who knew that a simple organism growing from a water tank could be so versatile?
The prolific oil-producing ability of microalgae
Biotechnology company Solazyme, manufacturer of renewable oils by harnessing microalgae's prolific oil production, has been successful in capitalizing on algae's diverse properties. Solazyme derives oil from algae (by using standard industrial fermentation equipment) to produces a suite of high-value markets: fuels, chemicals, nutrition and health sciences.
Solazyme has just signed agreements with Sephora Canada and The Shopping Channel®, to launch a microalgae-based anti-aging skincare line will be selling in all 26 Canadian Sephora stores and on The Shopping Channel’s highest rated beauty programming starting this month.
Algenist is formulated with Solazyme's breakthrough ingredient, alguronic acid, an unexpected discovery which was found by the company’s leading biotechnology scientists while researching microalgae for renewable energy solutions. When studied for potential anti-aging benefits, alguronic acid demonstrated significant results and outperformed some of the most well known anti-aging ingredients on the market including hyaluronic acid, retinol and vitamins C and E.
“Algenist comes from a lineage of biotechnology expertise that is not only pioneering the future of skincare, but reinvigorated the luxury skin and personal care space,” said Frederic Stoeckel, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Solazyme Health Sciences. “Sephora and The Shopping Channel provide incredible support and access to some of the largest markets in the world and we look forward to a successful launch with their respective audiences in Canada."
In the same week this announcement was followed by the ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) approval of the use of algae- and other sustainably-derived biofuels in commercial aviation.
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"We applaud the historic ruling by ASTM International, and the continued work of both ATA and CAAFI, to implement sustainable initiatives for the aviation industry. Today's ruling approving the use of algae- and other sustainably-derived biofuels in commercial flight, is a regulatory breakthrough and provides a critical step in the commercialization of advanced, low-carbon biofuels. Solazyme commends these leading industry organizations for their continued commitment to secure alternative energy supplies."says Jonathan Wolfson, co-founder and CEO of Solazyme.
The prolific oil-producing ability of microalgae starts from carefully harvested algae. Learn more about microalgae production: