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John Cumbers, senior contributor for Forbes and host of the synbiobeta podcast has featured Algae-C in the article
Algae… Nature’s Cost-Effective, Sustainable Biofactories.

The simplicity of algae and their relatively inexpensive life cycle requirements (light, CO2, etc.) make them arguably perfect natural biofactories. In comparison to yeast, fungi, and bacteria (all potential cell factories for biomanufacturing), algae possess many core advantages.

For example, when you compare algae and yeast, it is easy to see that algae are the more evolved organisms and are far more plentiful (72,000 plus species versus ~ 1,500 species). Algae, which are closely related to plants, possess the necessary inner mechanisms to make complex molecules, so they need fewer genetic modifications and create a more efficient biomanufacturing process. Moreover, the waste produced by algae can be used for animal feed and other products.

“We can reprogram microalgae to teach them how to produce things,” says Mather Carscallen, CEO and founder of Algae-C. “Chemical processes are complex, but our platform makes them easy because algae has a natural affinity for producing plant-based molecules.”

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