The National Algae Association
for the Algae Industry
Taxpayers have spent over $2.5 billion dollars on algae research for the last 70 years. NAA 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. 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."(Columbia University)
Only through real collaboration will algae researchers understand the needs of the commercial algae production industry. Writing more white papers or searching for the next research grant does not make an industry. It takes a variety of disciplines.
Private industry, private investment and commercial lenders want to see real commercial production opportunities, not algae technologies sitting on shelves at universities and government labs for decades. They want to see results:
- Commercial inoculation, cultivation in closed-loop photobioreactors, fermentation tanks, harvesting, and/or extraction systems and equipment all at one location.
- Commercial algae production of high value nutraceutical Omega 3 EPA/DHA - astaxanthin, cosmetics, food, ingredients, animal feeds and bioplastics with COA's.
- Commercial off-take contracts and customers.
- Commercial CO2 and utilization systems, wastewater remediation and co-products produced from wastewater and secondary water.
Open Collaboration between
Research and Private Industry
The National Algae Association is the business intelligence for the algae production industry. We provide a platform for commercially-minded algae researchers, algae producers, equipment companies and water process engineers in a collaborative approach in helping to build the algae production industry.
We provide educational Algae Production Workshops and Networking Events, an Algae Biomass Incubator Program and online Algae Production Certification Program for students, algaepreneurs, private industry and the investment community interested in learning about the commercial algae production industry, markets and supply channels.
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