The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) awarded the title of Collaborative Laboratory to GreenCoLab, an organization proposed by the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) to promote marine biotechnology.
GreenCoLab brings together two research units and four companies in the algal biotechnology sector in Portugal.
The project aims to promote "economic growth and innovation in this sector with high potential", with a focus on large-scale production and diversification of commercial algae-based products.
GreenCoLab, proposed by CCMAR of the University of Algarve, has as partners the National Laboratory of Energy and Geology (LNEG) and four Portuguese companies with a long track record in algal biotechnology: Allmicroalgae, Necton, Algaplus and Sparos.
With this project, the various partners can work strategically and integrated in the development of new technologies, products and services.
"GreenCoLab will in the short term optimize the current industrial production of algae-based compounds for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food and animal feed, and ensure that these products respond to market needs," says Adelino Canário, director of CCMAR .
"In the long term," he continues, "we expect GreenCoLab to diversify the range of industrial products that can be extracted from algae to include, for example, biofertilizers to recover soils and products that act on carbon sequestration or water treatment residual. "
The Collaborative Laboratories are an initiative of the FCT to create qualified and scientific employment and promote research and innovation activities aimed at creating economic and social value.