Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3 from a vegetarian source. (Photo: Qualitas Health)
Strategic alliance to market EPA omega-3 oils from algae
Friday, February 15, 2013, 22:20 (GMT + 9)
Qualitas Health and Valicor Renewables announced this week a strategic partnership that will accelerate the launch of high-EPA omega-3 oil from algae. The companies have joined forces to combine their expertise and experience in biology, advanced chemistry and technology commercialization to make a significant impact on the global omega-3 market with next-generation algae based products.
"We are excited to work with Valicor Renewables as our strategic extraction partner" says Dr Isaac Berzin, CTO of Qualitas Health. "Exclusive access to Valicor's extraction technology gives us a significant technological advantage and reduces the time-to-market of our pure-EPA omega-3 oil from algae. Valicor's technology is proven and practical. It completes the necessary portfolio of technologies needed to manufacture an algae-based omega-3 supplement on a commercial scale."
"The collaboration between Qualitas and Valicor brings together best-in-class cultivation and strain technology with best-in-class class extraction technology, protected by robust patents" says Dr Brian Goodall, VP. Business Development at Valicor Renewables. "Valicor's extraction technology is designed to keep the natural algae polar lipids intact while avoiding the use of potentially harmful solvents".
Qualitas Health is a privately-held company developing high-value vegetarian food supplements and pharmaceutical ingredients based on microalgae. Building on over 10 years' experience in algae cultivation and extraction from the biofuel sector, the company's team has developed a unique and proprietary technology for strain selection, sustainable algae farming, harvesting and oil processing.
The technology allows for the effective production of proprietary premium omega-3 algae oil for a wide range of applications.
Headquartered in Dexter, Michigan, Valicor services clients throughout the United States in the automotive, aerospace, alternative fuels, algae-derived products, power generation, and steel industries. The company operates three business groups, Environmental Services, Separation Technologies and Renewables, concentrating on the advancement of its technologies in processes and fluid management to meet client needs.
Since beginning the Algae Extraction Program in 2007, Valicor Renewables has established transformative new techniques for the extraction and fractionation of algae oil. The development of the patent pending Valicor Algafrac™ technologies has provided for commercially scalable processes which efficiently and cost-effectively extract both polar and non-polar lipids.