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Exploitation of microalgae diversity for the development of novel high added-value cosmeceuticals

Objective

Microalgae have the potential to revolutionize biotechnology in a number of areas including nutrition, aquaculture, pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals and biofuels. AlgaeCom project seeks to exploit the microalgae biodiversity, as a source for state-of-the-art high-added-value cosmeceuticals. The project will combine both basic and applied research in the fields of –omics technologies, biochemistry and applied biotechnology in order to, a) Develop catalomics, metabolomics and glycomics resources for microalgae diversity as a valuable source of novel high-added-value cosmeceuticals such as polysaccharides, enzymes and secondary metabolites; b) In vitro functional characterize and toxicologicaly analyse microalgae cosmeceuticals using human epidermal cell lines and in vitro skin model; c) Develop and optimize application-based microalgae culture systems at different scales and optimize culture conditions for higher production rate of desired products; d) Develop analytical molecular diagnostic tools for real-time monitoring of the microalgae carbohydrate and polysaccharide metabolism in large scale cultures; e) Develop, formulate and in vitro evaluate cosmetic products based on microalgae cosmeceuticals (enzymes, small secondary metabolites and polysaccharides). The AlgaeCom project will offer the opportunity for the development of well defined end products (cosmetic products, RT-qPCR molecular tools) to industrial partners. Finally, the integration of advanced research with an efficient mechanism for transfer of knowledge, training and dissemination will contribute favourably to the reinforcement of the collaboration between academia and industry.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/carbohydrates
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 352 852
Administrative Contact
Emmanouil Flemetakis (Prof.)

Participants (3)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 487 183
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guillaume Rochet (Ms.)
APIVITA KALLYNTIKA DIAITITIKA FARMAKA ANONYMI EMPORIKI KAI VIOTECHNIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 303 306
Address
Industrial Park Of Markopoulo
19003 Markopoulo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giannis Mourtzinos (Dr.)
FITOPLANCTON MARINO, S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 427 587
Address
Darsena Comercial S/n (Muelle Pesquero)
11500 El Puerto De Santa Maria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Unamunzaga (Mr.)