NAA supports the commercial
Algae Production Industry
The National Algae Association is the first non-profit algae education and production trade association in the world that provides a platform for commercially-minded algae researchers, algae producers and equipment companies a collaborative approach in building the emerging commercial algae production industry. (a projected $3.4 billion dollar industry).
Algae Biomass Co-Products
Algae can be made into high-value nutraceutical Omega 3 EPA/DHA - astaxanthin, cosmetic pigments, food, beverage mixes, animal feed, fish feed, biofertilizer and bioplastics with verifiable Certificates of Analysis. For potential algae biofuel. (see Exxon article below)
Taxpayers have spent over $2.5 billion dollars on algae research starting with the first Carnegie Mellon study 70 years ago. The National Algae Asscociation continues to promote balance between the university algae research world, private industry and the investment community. With all due respect to constrained algae research grant recipients, there is a huge learning curve between what goes on in their labs and commercial scale-up and deployment of algae farms and biomanufacturing facilities. That is why the National Algae Association was created as the first non-profit algae education and production industry trade association in the world over 12 years ago.
We know for a fact that universities have lost potential licensing opportunities due to the restrictions put on them by research grants, their egos and not understanding the needs of the commercial algae production industry. Researchers have tried to write industrial standards without ever deploying their technologies or ever being in industrial algae production. How can algae technologies have any value if they are not deployed outside the lab?
"University research is working against the odds. Three out of 10 patents registered have a chance of getting licensed, and chances of that happening drop to 20% after 5 years."
Only through real collaboration will algae researchers understand the needs of the commercial algae production industry. Writing more white papers, searching for the next research grant funding through lobbyists does not make an industry. It takes a variety of disciplines. Algae research today must be coordinated with commercial algae production and marketing.
Private industry, private investment and commercial lenders are only interested in commercial algae production, not algae technologies sitting on shelves at universities and in government labs for decades. They want to see results. (i.e., commercial algae cultivation in covered raceway ponds, closed-loop photobioreactors, fermentation tanks, harvesting/dewatering equipment, extraction systems, clean rooms all at one location with off-take contracts.)
Collaboration between Algae Research and Private Industry
+ Innovation = Fast Track Commercialization and Deployment
The National Algae Association provides educational Algae Production Workshops and Networking Events, an Algae Biomass Incubator Program working with universities and colleges and an online Algae Production Certification Program for students, private industry and the investment community interested in learning about the commercial algae production industry, new markets and supply channels.
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