Phycocyanin increases for an 'enhanced' Blue

Chief Operating Officer, Polly Van Alstyne, spoke with Food Navigator about the work that ScotBio has done to increase the phycocyanin content in the company’s spirulina and the positive impacts their process has on the natural colourants market as the company comes to scale.

“We have created a way to enhance the production of phycocyanin within the organism so we estimate we get as much as five times the amount of phycocyanin than the average pond grown spirulina.”, said Van Alstyne.

Better together - Life Science Awards 2019

ScotBio natural blue colouring pioneers win collaboration award

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and biotech firm Scot Bio have won a prestigious Scottish Life Sciences Award for their pioneering collaboration on natural blue colourants.

Polly Van Alstyne, Chief Operating Officer at Scot Bio, said: “This award is a welcome endorsement of the hard work carried out by everyone at Scot Bio and the University of Edinburgh, and a clear example of how collaboration between academia and the private sector can have huge potential in the creation of high value jobs and in commercialising intellectual property.”

Investing Women – Ambition & Growth Conference

Our COO – Polly Van Alstyne has been invited to join the World Class Women in Science & Tech Investing Women : Expert Panel at the upcoming ‘Ambition & Growth’ Conference

Taking place on International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March 2018, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh, this annual event will bring together entrepreneurs, new and existing angel investors, professionals and enterprise support specialists. The conference will be followed by the Ambition & Growth Awards Dinner, featuring a very special guest.

Algae could now feed and fuel the planet

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have improved the efficiency of gene-editing leading to massively increased yields when using algae.

The study suggests that vast quantities of medicines and renewable fuels could be produced by algae using a new gene-editing technique.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was funded by Scottish Bioenergy, PHYCONET, a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy.