Biotechnology start-up secures funding to commercialise round financial system platform know-how

MiAlgae, an Edinburgh-based biotechnology start-up, has secured additional funding of £2.3m to assist drive the following stage of its progress journey.

Established in 2016, MiAlgae has created an answer to producing a sustainable supply of Omega-3 for animal and human consumption – one thing which is at the moment produced by extracting the oil from billions of untamed caught fish.

The corporate has developed a novel biotechnology platform which makes use of low-value coproducts from the food and drinks business as a feedstock to initially develop microalgae wealthy in Omega-3 oils.

Plans are already in place to commercialise different high-value compounds and pigments by enlargement of the platform.

The Conduit Impression Fund managed by Ascension led the spherical, investing £900,000, with new investor SIS Ventures placing ahead £350,000.

Having already beforehand invested, Fairness Hole, Outdated Faculty Capital and Scottish Enterprise all dedicated to further funding, totalling over £1m. The funding builds on the £850k of grant funding just lately secured from Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.

The £2.3m funding will help the corporate in its progress plans which embody the completion of a business demonstrator facility close to Stirling which can drive MiAlgae’s increasing business traction.

Our course of is championing the round financial system and the funding we’ve got secured can be transformational in serving to MiAlgae scale rapidly each domestically and overseas

Initially the corporate is targeted on the pet meals sector with an eye fixed on enlargement into the aquaculture sector within the close to future. Aquaculture is the biggest client of fish oil produced globally which is utilized in fish feed.

The funding can even assist develop the crew at MiAlgae and improve its experience. Ten new posts, together with a Head of Engineering and Business Director, can be created.

Douglas Martin, Managing Director at MiAlgae, stated: “It’s extremely thrilling to know that our buyers see worth within the biotechnology platform we’ve developed to deal with the manufacturing of omega-3 oils in a commercially viable approach.

“Our course of is championing the round financial system and the funding we’ve got secured can be transformational in serving to MiAlgae scale rapidly each domestically and overseas.

“Our business demonstrator plant, attributable to be accomplished early in 2023, will assist us enhance meals safety globally, whereas our analysis division continues to drive the event of thrilling, commercially viable biotech improvements.”

Hadley Diest, Funding Supervisor on the Conduit Impression Fund, stated: “MiAlgae’s round financial system method to producing algae wealthy in Omega-3 solves key ache factors on the availability (Scotch Whisky distilleries) and demand (pet meals and fish feed producers) sides – to each get rid of Scotch byproducts sustainably and improve the availability of sustainably sourced, price-competitive, Omega-3 into the broader market.

“Douglas and his crew have labored tirelessly to convey this imaginative and prescient to life and the Conduit Impression Fund is proud to assist help MiAlgae of their subsequent stage of economic progress.”

Rob Halliday, Senior Funding Supervisor at SIS Ventures stated: “MiAlgae is a good addition to our multi-award profitable portfolio of progressive mission pushed companies. We imagine in MiAlgae’s mission to turn into a world chief in biotechnology for good, and, by enhancing meals safety and decreasing the influence of humanity on the planet by sustainable omega-3 manufacturing MiAlgae, will ship essential societal and environmental influence aligned to 3 of the United Nations Sustainable Improvement Objectives – life beneath water, good well being and wellbeing, and accountable consumption and manufacturing.”

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