SBIR Phase I: An Innovative Photobioreactor for Commercial Production of Astaxanthin from Genetically Improved Haematococcus Pluvialis Strains

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0610926
Agency Tracking Number: 0610926
Amount: $98,866.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
3488 Bramlet, Clemmons, NC, 27012
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Fan Lu
 Dr
 (336) 577-4354
 LF1230NC@YAHOO.COM
Business Contact
 Fan Lu
Title: Dr
Phone: (336) 577-4354
Email: LF1230NC@YAHOO.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop an innovative large-scale photobioreactor for production of natural astaxanthin from Haematococcus strains. The phase I research plan is to construct and evaluate an innovative modular flat-plate photobioreactor for mass culture of the organism. The improved production system, along with a genetically improved Haematococcus strains will increase the productivity of astaxanthin by an estimated 50%. The development of this photobioreactor is the only means by which the commercial potential of the genetically improved Haematococcus strains can be commercially realized. The success of the project will lead to further development of pilot-scale plants as well as additional uses for the a reactor.

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